Often mistaken for Special Olympics soccer, Paralympic soccer differs from the traditional 11-a-side game. The game is played with seven players (six field players and a goalkeeper) in two, 30-minute halves on a smaller field.
To be eligible, players must be ambulatory and have a physical challenge from a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or from having suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Players are classified (classes 5 through 8) according to the severity of their disability; the laws of the game restrict the number of each class allowed on the field at any given time. Although each player suffers from a neurological disorder, most display no cognitive or intellectual disability. Team selection and tournaments are competitive and tend to be run like professional sport organizations.
To increase participation in the recreational component of the Paralympic soccer program, we allow all athletes with mobility impairments to participate (ex. Amputee, burns, spina bifida, orthopedic conditions, etc…).
Minimum age to play is 10 years.