History of Amputee Football

Amputee football is a game for amputees and or people with limb affecting deficiencies. In the international codified version players playing in the outfield, do so on one leg and ambulate on crutches. Goalkeepers, stand with both legs, with one hand/arm.

Amputees have been pictured kicking footballs whilst on crutches as far back as the early 1900’s in post war Europe. It was only around the 1980’s when the idea of a codified game was first brought to the attention of the wider world nations by the American Don Bennet.

The Sport began in the late 1980’s with 5 team World Cup events. Originally as outdoor 11 v 11 and smaller indoor 7 v 7 formats, with each nation hosting an event on a yearly rotation.

After the establishment of the World Amputee Football Federation governing body in 2002 the game saw steady worldwide growth and increased participation. The World Cup is now hosted every 4 years, attended by up to 26 member countries and solely played in the 7v7 format on a 60x40m pitch.