The Football Association of Ireland Amputee football programmes 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. If you are a cancer survivor, military server or limbless for any other reason, everyone is welcome to try this fantastic sport.
• 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 hand-ball 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 hand-ball 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
70 x 60 metres maximum
2.2 metres maximum (height) x 5 metres maximum (width) x 1 metre (depth)
Duration of play
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
Number of players
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 amount of substitutions can be made, at any point during the game
Our first amputee football centre was established 6 weeks ago in Dublin and the players have come together every second Saturday to train with a UEFA B coach. Details of the sessions are below
Venue: Mountview Fortlawn Community Sports Centre (www.mfcc.ie)
Time: 12 - 1.30pm
Dates: Every second Saturday
Notes: Please bring your crutches.
For Further information please go to www.irishamputeefootballassociation.com
Christy McElliott - 086 1212621
Amputee Football team player
Oisin Jordan - 086 6079223
FAI Football For All National Coordinator