Powerchair Football is one of the fastest growing sports for power wheelchair users.
The game originated in France in the early 70’s. Since then many countries created their own version of the sport which led to an international meeting in Paris, France 2005. As a result, the international organisation, “Federation International de Powerchair Football Association” (FIPFA) was established in 2006. Since establishment of the sport in Australia has now competed internationally at the 2011 World Cup, 2013 APO Zone Championship, 2014 COPA America Zone Championship and are participating in the 2017 World Cup.
Powerchair Football is a competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for electric wheelchair users. These participants include persons with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.
Powerchair Football combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to able bodied football. The game is usually played in an indoor centre. Two teams of four power chair users attack defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch (33cm) soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.
The Australian Powerchair Football Association is the national governing body for powerchair football. If you are interested in playing visit their website for more information.
How to play Powerchair Football
NSW Powerchair Football Association Powerchair League – Aligned with A-league clubs there are four teams in this competition. Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets all compete weekly from April to September.
NSW Powerchair Football State Team – Participates in the APFA Nationals each year.
National Powerchair Football Championships – Held in October at Kevin Betts Stadium, Mt Druitt, NSW.
Powerchair Football Annual Club Championships held in January in Sydney.
Powerchair Football Resources