What pathways exist for disabled individuals in football?

Modified on Wed, 24 Aug 2022 at 12:07 PM

There are three main pathways open to disabled people to participate in football:

Mainstream football: for anyone who can play without adaptations to football's rules; this means disabled and non-disabled players participate together.

Pan-disability football: for players with a broad spectrum of impairments and health conditions being integrated together to play a single format of football (groups can then be divided into suitable ability bands).

Impairment-specific football: when people with the same impairment play together. There are a range of formats, each one designed to meet the needs of the player's impairment. These include amputee, blind, cerebral palsy, deaf, frame, partially-sighted and powerchair football.


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