Intellectual Disability Football

What is Intellectual Disability Football?

Intellectual Disability football and futsal are formats of the game played to the IFAB and FIFA rules, for athletes with an intellectual impairment or sometimes referred to as a learning disability.

Who can play?

Intellectual Disability Football is for players with a recognised intectual impairment.

  • The person must have an IQ of 75 or below
  • The person must have limited ‘adaptive behaviour’ which means they might need help with everyday tasks, for example cooking or travelling by public transport
  • The learning disability must have occurred before the age of 18

Sport Rules

Football Rules

Internationally there are no adaptations to the IFAB Football Laws of the Game as played in FIFA competition.

Futsal Rules

Internationally there are no adaptations to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game as played in FIFA competition.

Classification

There are three eligibility criteria which must be met for a player to be eligible to play this format of football:

  • The person must have an IQ of 75 or below
  • The person must have limited ‘adaptive behaviour’ which means they might need help with everyday tasks, for example cooking or travelling by public transport
  • The learning disability must have occurred before the age of 18

There are currently three eligibility groups within Virtus competition:

  • II1 – Athletes with an intellectual disability
  • II2 – Athletes with significant intellectual disability
  • II3 – Athletes with Autism (IQ>75) - Trial group

International Federation

About Virtus

The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) helps more than 300,000 of the world’s best athletes compete in a variety of sports. World Intellectual Impairment Sport organises competitions such as world and regional Championships. We also manage eligibility and classification, working with other International Federations. 

Virtus Website: www.virtus.sport

International Federation

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