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 Football West’s Commitment to All Abilities Access and Inclusion

Football West’s vision is that we make the game accessible and a great experience for all.

All through the WA community are people whose lives and mental and physical wellbeing could benefit from participation in genuine inclusive and accessible football environments.

Many Western Australians with a wide range of ability levels play regularly because of the thrills and simplicity once you have a ball, some objects to mark out goals and space. In 2018 at least 540 people with a disability registered at WA clubs.

Football West, member clubs and partner organisations work hard to improve access and inclusion for the community through football with inclusive practices designed to ensure that people of all abilities can:

  • freely express who they are;
  • fully participate in football and football-related social activities as members, players, officials and volunteers;
  • feel safe from abuse, harassment or unfair criticism; and
  • get on with achieving to their highest potential without getting bogged down by concerns over perceptions of disability or inexperience.

Football West is a proud member of WA Disability Sports Association.

Inclusive Policy

Football West is committed to ensuring that the objectives in the Football Federation Australia’s Disability Policy are implemented to reflect inclusive practices throughout all participation, we will assist to promote positive and informed attitudes towards people with a disability.

Football West will take reasonable steps to identify and eliminate unlawful direct, indirect and systemic discrimination from its structures and practices and will ensure that people with disability are afforded reasonable opportunity to participate in all areas of football.

Employees and volunteers shall, within their areas of responsibility, take any reasonable steps to remove any barriers which exist to programs and services, and the physical, social and virtual environment.

Important Information: At all levels of the game; insurance considerations may be different for players who have previously suffered an injury.

Disabilities in Football – Player Achievement Award (David Cantoni Medal)

The annual Disabilities in Football – Player Achievement Award (David Cantoni Medal) is presented to a player who has stood out with their performance and contribution to our sport in the previous 12 months.

2018 Award Winner Alessandro La Verghetta

  • Represented Australia (Pararoos) at the Tri-Nations International Challenge in USA 2018 as an integral part of the team.
  • From junior competitions, graduated into playing open mens competition for Noranda City FC
  • Played for Western Australia in the 2017 WA Paras state team as a vital attacking player scoring important long range goals and captained the 2018 WA team scoring three goals
  • Works hard on his development with regular additional training sessions
  • Has an outstanding work ethic and never misses a session of training
  • Works hard to combat his cerebral palsy in his play

DIF Winners Archive.

Age Concessions Program (juniors aged 5s to 17s)

Football West’s Age Concessions Program has allowed young players with various competitive disadvantages (including disabilities), more playing levels to ensure fun and inclusion.

With the support of a club and parents, a child with a competitive disadvantage can apply and receive clearance to play in a lower age group to reduce competitive disadvantage relative to peers. Contact the Football West competitions department on 6181 0700 for details.

Special Olympics WA and Football West All-Stars Program

Football West is proud to work with Special Olympics WA (SO) in the drive for wider community inclusion in sport. More players are welcome – contact Special Olympics WA for details. Special Olympics-eligible players can be selected for the WA All-Stars team which plays occasional matches against other local teams, preparing players for the Special Olympics pathway. It rewards coaches and players who show strong effort, enthusiasm and results in local competitions.

2020 WA All-Stars dates: TBA

Special Olympics 2018 WA National Games staff and players

2018 National Games squad

We congratulate Team WA:

  • winners of the gold medals at the 2017 Junior Nationals Games in Football
  • winners of the bronze medals in the 7-a-side competition at the 2018 National Games
  • winners of the bronze medals in the 5-a-side competition at the 2018 National Games

Football West supported the 2018 National Games teams touring Adelaide in April.

SO athletes are encouraged to register with local clubs to access regular game-play and training preparation in the lead-up to state games, national games and international games. Equal Footingball Division training and games are similar to the SO football format.

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



Blind Football WA

With the support of Football West, National Disability Services and a Department of Sport and Recreation grant, WA Blind Sports Federation is establishing a Blind Football program in Western Australia. The successful launch had over 20 participants on September 16 2017 trialing the format where anyone who can wear a blindfold and independently move around a small futsal sized pitch can play, though people with vision impairment tend to have a great advantage.

Summer All-Abilities Futsal and Equal Footingball Division will host players with vision impairment as part of the pathway to WA and Australia representation.

Inquiries to WA Blind Sports Federation Secretary, Erika Webb: 08 9401 6078 / 0419 918 264 / wablindsportsfed@gmail.com

Powerchair Football in Western Australia

Powerchair Football is a modified format using electric wheelchairs many people use for daily life. The game’s rules ensure players are constantly involved with a fast and free-flowing tactically intelligent game. Four players each team play with chairs fitted with safety devices with a larger than normal ball on a small hard-surface pitch.

Resources and Related Information:

Western Australian Powerchair Football Association Inc website.

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Football West’s Inclusive Development Program is proudly sponsored by Healthway, promoting the Smarter than Smoking Message, Crystalise and atWork Australia.

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