Amputee football

Amputee football
Highest governing body World Amputee Football Federation
Contact Contact
Team members 7
Mixed gender Single
Type Outdoor (mainly)

Amputee football is an disabled sport played with seven players on each team (six outfield players and one goalkeeper). Outfield players have lower extremity amputations, and goalkeepers have an upper extremity amputation. Outfield players use loftstrand (forearm) crutches, and play without their prosthesis.

Around the world

There are several amputee football associations around the world. A couple examples of this are the England Amputee Association and The Irish Amputee Football Association.[1] Each organization promotes the advancement of the sport and that it gains more recognition. The England Amputee Football Association states their main goal on their website as: "The England Amputee Football Association's aim is to provide all amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs, with the opportunity to play football locally, nationally and internationally."[2]

Amputee Football World Cup

Former name : Amputee Football World Championships (from first to 2003)

Number Year Host City Teams
1 1984 Seattle, United States
2 1988 Seattle, United States
3 1989 Seattle, United States
4 1991 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
5 1998 Manchester, England
6 2000 Seattle, United States
7 2001 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8 2002 Sochi, Russia
9 2003 Tashkent, Uzbekistan 4
10 2005 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6
11 2007 Antalya, Turkey 10
12 2010 Crespo, Argentina
13 2012 Kaliningrad, Russia 12
14 2014 Culiacán, Mexico 23
15 2018


  • 1984:
  • 1988:1- El Salvador 2- USA 3- ENG (Outdoor)
  • 1988:1- ENG (Indoor)
  • 1989:
  • 1991:
  • 1998:1- RUS 2- UZB 3- BRA
  • 2000:1- BRA 2- RUS 3- UKR
  • 2001:1- BRA 2- RUS 3- ENG
  • 2002:1- RUS 2- BRA 3- UZB In the bi-annual Congress, member nations vote to disband the IAFF.
  • 2003:1- RUS 2- UKR 3- BRA 4- UZB
  • 2005:1- BRA 2- RUS 3- ENG 4- UKR
  • 2007:1- UZB 2- RUS 3- TUR 4- ?
  • 2009:World Cup 2009 - Nova Friburgo, Brazil Host City reneged on its commitment to host. World Cup cancelled.
  • 2010:1- UZB 2- ARG 3- TUR 4- RUS
  • 2012:1- UZB 2- RUS 3- TUR 4- ARG
  • 2014:1- RUS 2- ANG 3- TUR 4- POL

Other Championships

Year Event Host Date Gold Silver Bronze
19991st Open European Championships  UKR Kiev  BRA RUS UZB
2006Volgograd Open Championships  RUS VolgogradSep 24 – 30  RUS ENG UZB
20071st All-Africa Amputee Soccer Tournament  SLE FreetownFeb  GHA LIB SLE
2008European Amputee Football Championship  TUR IstanbulOct 2–10  RUS TUR ENG
20176th Amp Futbol Cup  POL WarsawJun 24–25  ENG POL JPN


The official FIFA sanctioned rules are:[3]

  • An amputee is defined as someone who is 'abbreviated' at or near the ankle or wrist.
  • Outfield players may have two hands but only one leg, whereas goalkeepers may have two feet but only one hand.
  • The game is played with metal crutches and without prostheses, the only exception being that bi-lateral amputees may play with a prosthesis.
  • Players may not use crutches to advance, control or block the ball. Such an action will be penalised in the same way as a handball infringement. However, incidental contact between crutch and ball is tolerated.
  • Players may not use their residual limbs to voluntarily advance, control or block the ball. Such an action will be penalised in the same way as a handball infringement. However, incidental contact between residual limb and ball is tolerated.
  • Shin pads must be worn.
  • Use of a crutch against a player will lead to ejection from the game and a penalty kick for the opposing team.
  • The pitch measures a maximum of 70 x 60 metres
  • The dimensions of the goals are 2.2 metres maximum (height) x 5 metres maximum (width) x 1 metre (depth)
  • A FIFA standard ball is used
  • Games consist of two 25-minute halves (variable according to the tournament), with a ten-minute rest period in between
  • Both teams are allowed a two-minute time-out per game
  • Offside rules do not apply in amputee football
  • International rules stipulate that a team be made up of six outfield players and a goalkeeper. However, certain tournaments require teams of four outfield players plus goalkeeper, as was the case in Sierra Leone.
  • A goalkeeper is not permitted to leave his or her area. Should this occur deliberately, the goalkeeper will be ejected from the game and the opposing team awarded a penalty kick.
  • An unlimited number of substitutions can be made, at any point during the game.

See also


  1. "Home". Irish Amputee Football Association. 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  2. "Home". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  3. "Amputee football – The Rules of the Game". 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
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