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WA Paralympic 7-a-side Football Development Program and State Team

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News: WA State Team achieves third place at 2017 Australian National Paralympic Football Championships.

Football (7-a-side) has been an official sport since the 1984 New York Paralympic Games and is now the world’s most played team sport at the games.

The paralympic 7-a-side format caters for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries (ABI) and players with stroke related impairments. International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) rules allow slight modifications to ensure football players with a range of ability levels can enjoy competing in this format.

Western Australia’s pathway under Football West delivers opportunities for male and female participants to:

  • set their own goals.
  • advance skills, ability and fitness.
  • join socially.
  • learn from athletes who have faced varied life challenges.
  • work under specialised professional coaches.
  • access and participate in Edith Cowan University player development study.
  • work towards selection for the WA State team, and
  • join a growing number of Western Australians selected to represent Australia on the world stage in the ‘Pararoos’.

New participants are welcome and need to bring appropriate footwear, shin pads, drink and comfortable sports clothes. Ongoing participants pay a subscription fee which covers program costs.

Edith Cowan University School of Exercise and Health Sciences (ECU) is working in partnership with Football West in a three-year study. The study into ‘the effect of recreational football (soccer) games on physical, physiological and mental health outcomes in children with cerebral palsy’ welcomes new participants to join the project and benefit from this fantastic opportunity.

Football West recognises Rebound WA as a supporter of the paralympic pathway as advocate and fundraising organisation.

WA Paralympic Football State Team Video:

All WA Goals

All goals scored by our very talented players in the recent National Championships 2017. Shout-out to the silent heroes that work hard from the back to win the ball and provide for these very entertaining goals.The coaching staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the loving parents that have been backing the team all year round – you can see their enthusiasm and unfaltering support for the boys in the stands!

Posted by WA Paralympic Football Program on Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Resources and Related Paralympic Football Information:

Inquries to: Gordon Duus, Football West Inclusive Participation Officer, 0410 659 422 / gordon.duus@footballwest.com.au

2017 WAPF Calendar

The squad’s own Facebook page

General information on  WA’s All-Abilities Access and Inclusion

Rules, classifications and format information from APC

Australia’s National Team, the Pararoos.