Powerchair Football (or Soccer in North America) was invented in 1982 by a group of Vancouver athletes wanting to play a competitive team sport. Since then, the popularity of powerchair football (PCF) has mushroomed worldwide. Canada, England, France, Denmark, Japan and the United States currently field teams and host international tournaments. PCF officials are seeking to have this sport included in future Paralympics.
PCF teams – of 4 players each – play on a basketball-sized court, using an oversized soccer ball. The wheelchairs are fitted with a steel or plastic foot-guard that protects the players’ feet & shins, and is used to hit and propel the ball. The sport is open to anyone with physical disabilities who can operate a power wheelchair competently. Different tournaments have set eight & ten years as the minimum age.
For the first time in history, PCF permits these individuals to play a fun, safe and fast-paced competitive team sport. PCF is also a very exciting spectator sport, as experienced players can display some incredible ball-handling and chair-maneuvering skills. The close-quarters battles for ball possession can be ferocious and riveting to watch.