What is Amputee Football?
The World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) supports the development of amputee football around the globe. The organisation’s role is to provide accessible opportunities for those with an amputation or limb deficiency to participate in the sport at both grassroots and elite levels.
Who can play?
In international amputee-specific competitions, outfield players are either above or below the knee single-leg amputee whilst goalkeepers are single-arm amputees.
Amputee Football Rules
Amputee football is basically the same as the two-legged version, with some minor adaptations.
Outfield players play without prosthesis on aluminium forearm crutches and goalkeepers are single-arm amputees.
Some of the adaptations
- 7-a-side with unlimited substitutions.
- Two halves of 25 minutes in duration.
- No offside.
- The field of play is 60m x 40m.
- The goalkeeper is not allowed out of the penalty area.
- Players are not allowed to strike the ball or any other player with their crutches.
- Slide tackles are not allowed.
- Players kick the ball into play instead of throwing.
- Players are not allowed to touch the ball with their residual limb.
- The goalkeeper is not allowed to save the ball with their residual limb.
An amputee is defined as one who is "abbreviated" at or above (proximal) to the wrist or ankle. Outfielders may have two hands but only one foot. Goalies may have two legs, but only one hand.
The World Amputee Football Federation is the global governing body for amputee football (soccer). The Federation was formed at a world Congress in Brazil in 2005. Its founding members were Argentina, Brazil, England, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, and Uzbekistan.
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