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Emily Casella (blue shirt, left) in action for Tuart Hill JSC in the Equal Footingball Division. photo supplied

Silver star Emily to help launch Equal Footingball

Football West News

The Equal Footingball Division kicks off with a launch event at Pro Futsal Bibra Lake this Sunday.

And among the players will be Emily Casella, who recently returned home from the United Arab Emirates having helped Australia win a silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games.

The Equal Footingball Divison launch coincides with the wind up of Summer All-Abilities Futsal.

It runs every Sunday from April to September, with some weekday evening training sessions.

It began in 2011 and now take place in seven locations – Craigie, Maida Vale, Mandurah, Mosman Park, Nollamara, Parkwood and Spearwood.

Equal Footingball Division offers participants skills, thrills, goals and friendship. People who will enjoy the small-sided format include those:

  • Aged 9 and older

  • With competitive disadvantages (including physical, sensory, intellectual disability, etc)

  • Wanting to play and learn at their own pace without high pressure

  • Beginning or making a comeback

  • Who want to prepare for pathways in the game, especially Special Olympics, Paras and Vision Impaired

The rules are similar to the international Special Olympics and 7-a-side CP formats.

Some of the more common targets are:

  • Score a goal

  • Make new friends

  • Be able to take on and beat other players

  • Win a championship with my club team

  • Join the growing number of current EFD players who have represented Western Australia in Paralympic and Special Olympics national games and have represented Australia at international level

  • Advance from Equal Footingball Division into other levels of the game

  • Win the prestigious Disabilities in Football Award (David Cantoni Medal)

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