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Disability Football 7-a-side

Author: Disabled World : Contact: www.disabled-world.com

Published: 2009-02-20 : (Rev. 2020-05-22)

Synopsis and Key Points:

Disability Football 7-a-side is an adaption of association football for athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.

7-a-side Football was added to the Summer Paralympic Games at the 1984 Summer Paralympics in New York, and has been played at every Summer Games since.

American comedian Josh Blue was member of the US team at the 2004 Summer Paralympics, and the 2007 ParaPanAmerican Games.

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Football 7-a-side is an adaption of association football for athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, including stroke and traumatic brain injury.

The sport is governed by the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CP-ISRA). The sport is played with modified FIFA rules.

The most well known organizations of seven-a-side football are International Football Association 7, IFA7 and the Federation International of Football 7, FIF7.

Among the modifications are a reduced field of play, a reduction in the number of players, elimination of the offside rule, and permission for one-handed throw-ins.

Matches consist of two thirty-minute halves, with a fifteen-minute half-time break.

Seven-a-side pitch markings. The pitch of seven-a-side football is bigger than the five-a-side football, ranging from 50-65 yards in length and 25-50 yards in width respectively. Dimensions and shape of penalty area may differ for other variants.
Seven-a-side pitch markings. The pitch of seven-a-side football is bigger than the five-a-side football, ranging from 50-65 yards in length and 25-50 yards in width respectively. Dimensions and shape of penalty area may differ for other variants.

Players competing in Football 7-a-side are given a sport class based on their level of disability. Eligible classes are:

Teams:

International competition in Football 7-a-side began at the 1978 CP-ISRA International Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The sport was added to the Summer Paralympic Games at the 1984 Summer Paralympics in New York, U.S., and has been played at every Summer Games since.

American comedian Josh Blue was member of the US team at the 2004 Summer Paralympics, and the 2007 ParaPanAmerican Games.

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