CP 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 CP Football
Football NSW offers both elite and grassroots pathways for players with CP, ABI or symptoms resulting from stroke. From Pararoos Development Centres at a grassroots level to NSW State Teams, there are playing options for all levels.
For opportunities to participate or for more information please contact Charlotte Ercil ([email protected])
Football NSW CP Football Programs and Events
Pararoos 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 Pararoos Development Centre
Where: North Turramurra Recreation Centre or Charles Bean Oval.
When: 17th May, 21st June, 28th June (football4all Gala Day)
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Contact: [email protected] or 02 9449 4933
For more information: https://nsfa.asn.au/player/pararoos-development-centre/
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Sutherland Pararoos Development Centre
Female CP Football Program
In 2019, Football NSW launched the Female Only CP Program to develop the skills of female footballers in NSW. The program is run at Valentine Sports Park with qualified experienced coaches. Details for this program can be found below:
When: 25th April, 2nd May, 16th May, 30th May, 13th June, 27th June, 11th July and 25th July.
Where: Valentine Sports Park
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
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NSW State CP Teams – 7-aside Football
Football NSW offers an elite pathway for players with CP, ABI or symptoms resulting in stroke by hosting two NSW representative teams in 2020. Players within these teams represent their state and compete in the National CP Football Championships which follows a modified version of football, this being 7-a-side Football. A large number of NSW State Team players also represent their country by playing for the Pararoos.
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 CP Football Championships
This annual tournament is a Football Federation Australia (FFA) 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 see four days of elite CP Football action.
Past National Championship Title Winners
|Year||National Champion||Score||Runners Up|
|2004||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2005||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2006||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2007||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2008||Queensland||New South Wales|
|2009||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2010||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2011||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2012||New South Wales||Queensland|
|2013||New South Wales||4 - 1||Queensland|
|2014||New South Wales||4 - 1||Queensland|
|2015||New South Wales||1 - 0||Queensland|
|2016||New South Wales||3 - 0||Western Australia|
|2017||New South Wales||1 - 0||Victoria|
|2018||New South Wales||3 - 0||Victoria|
|2019||New South Wales Blue||5 - 1||Football West|