Para Football

Para Football is a modified version of the game and is specific to athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and symptoms resulting from stroke. This football format is coordinated under the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) rules with slight modifications.

INTRODUCTION TO PARA FOOTBALL

Football NSW offers both elite and grassroots pathways for players with CP, ABI or symptoms resulting from stroke. From ParaFootball Development Centres at a grassroots level to NSW State Teams, there are playing options for all levels.

FOOTBALL NSW CP FOOTBALL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

ParaFootball Development Centres in NSW provide a grassroots playing and training option for participants of all abilities. There are currently two centres in NSW, details for these programs can be found below:

NORTHERN SUBURBS PARA FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

Where: North Turramurra Recreation Centre or Charles Bean Oval.
When: 2024 program details TBC.
Contact: Ben Sutton on pararoosdevelopmentcentre@outlook.com or 0413611526
For more information: https://nsfa.asn.au/player/pararoos-development-centre/

SUTHERLAND PARA FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

Where: Coachwood Oval, 48 Coachwood Crescent Alfords Point
When: 26th November 2023.
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Contact: Ben Sutton on pararoosdevelopmentcentre@outlook.com or 0413611526
To register: https://registration.playfootball.com.au/common/pages/reg/welcomeregplus.aspx?id=96980&save=0&entityid=74555

FEMALE PARA TRAINING PROGRAM

In 2019, Football NSW launched the Female Only Para Training Program to develop the skills of female footballers in NSW. The program is run at Valentine Sports Park with qualified experienced coaches.

FOOTBALL PROGRAM SESSION DATES AND TIMES

Where: Valentine Sports Park (235-257 Meurants Ln, Glenwood NSW 2768) – Field 3 Synthetic

When: 18th November 2023, 11am to 12:30pm

NSW State Para Football Teams – 7-aside Football

Football NSW offers an elite pathway for players with CP, ABI or symptoms resulting in stroke through NSW representative teams. Players within these teams represent their state and compete in the National Para Football Championships which follows a modified version of football, this being 7-a-side Football. Many NSW State Team players also represent their country by playing for the Pararoos and ParaMatidlas.

This modified version of the game is conducted at a State and National level where by each team consists of 7 players, one of which is a goal keeper. The measurements of the playing field and goalposts are smaller, there is no offside rule and matches last 30 mins per half. For reasons of fairness, throw-ins are only allowed with one hand during match play.

In CP Football, players are provided with a classification between 1 and 3 – these three classes are named FT1, FT2, and FT3. Depending on the degree of each players impairment and other physical factors, players will be provided with one of these three classes. During match play, each team must maintain a line-up featuring players with varying levels of impairments and must include:

  • At least one FT1 player is to be on the field at one time.
  • Only one FT3 classified player is allowed on the field at one time.

National Para Football Championships

This annual tournament is a Football Australia (FA) event which sees players representing their state to battle it out for the title. Each year this National tournament is hosted by a different Member Federation across Australia and sees elite CP Football action.

Program Contact

Annabel Meadley - Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator