CP 7-aside 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 7-Aside Football
Football NSW offers a development and elite pathway for players with most NSW State Team players also representing 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.
Cerebral Palsy Sporting And Recreation Association NSW (CPSARA) aims to encourage sporting and recreational opportunities for people of all ages with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions.
CPSARA is dedicated to support children, adults, and their families with cerebral palsy by providing sporting opportunities and leisure activities with an emphasis on inclusion and enjoyment.
The association supports athletes on their sporting journeys, firstly by providing information and tools to help connect you with your chosen sport and thereafter by connecting you with fellow athletes, the latest events and recognising your sporting achievements.
You can join CPSARA as an athlete, family member, health professional or a classifier. You will be sharing the enjoyment and achievement of sport as well as having lots of fun and building friendships along the way!
You can also follow CPSARA on Instagram
For opportunities to participate or for more information please contact Charlotte Ercil ([email protected])
Football NSW CP Football Programs and Events
Pararoos Development Centre
To create a pathway for the NSW State CP Football team and the Pararoos, the Pararoos Development Centre (PDC) was proposed to identify and develop players with CP, ABI or symptoms as a result of stroke. Players under go expert training sessions and are coached by qualified coaching staff and current Pararoo players.
Stage one of the PDC saw the North Turramurra centre commence in 2018 run by Northern Suburbs Football Association which sees 25-30 participants head to the North Turramurra Recreation Centre once a month to participate in these training sessions. Details of this program can be found here
Keep a look out for more information on new PDC sites and locations across NSW in 2019.
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|
Stay tuned to our website for updates
Football NSW State CP Football Team
The Football NSW State CP Football Team has won 14 of the last 15 National CP Football Championships many of which have been hosted in NSW. The NSW State Team took out the 2018 title in style defeating Victoria 3-0 in extra time.
Football NSW hosts invitational camps for footballers with CP, ABI or symptoms resulting from Stroke. If you think you may be eligible to play for the FNSW State CP Football Team, please contact Charlotte Ercil ([email protected])
CP Football Resources
- FFA – The Pararoos
- Australian Paralympic Committee
- Disability Sports Australia – Football 7-a-side
- International Federation of CP Football
- Classification Information Sheet for 7-a-side Football
2017 Tournament Prescribed Forms (Disciplinary Regulations and Procedures)
Prescribed Form 01 – Match Official Send-Off Report
Prescribed Form 02 – Match Official Incident Report
Prescribed Form 03 – Member Federation/LOC Reported Incidents
Prescribed Form 04 – Application to Appeal