El Salvador
   England    France
   Ireland    Italy
   Liberia    Mexico     The Netherlands    Niger
    Nigeria    Poland    Sierra Leone    Turkey
   USA    Uzbekistan

The Amputee Football, or amputee soccer as it is known in some regions, - holds its own World Cup Tournament, which, in 2018, included 24 nations. Above, Russia, in red, and Angola compete in the Gold Medal final, 2004. Photo © Carl Calabria.

The goal of amputee football's founders were, and remain:

1: To promote social interactivity, self-esteem and self-confidence among adult men and women, and especially among veterans, new and youthful amputees through recreational and competitive amputee football programs, and

2: To help member nations develop their programs, educate their publics on disability issues through sport, and to train their athletes for representation in elite international and World competitions - and in Paralympic competition when the sport achieves that status.


The rules and structure of amputee football were fomlly organized at it's first International Congress in December 1998. Its founding members were Argentina, Brazil, England, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, and Uzbekistan.

In the few years since then the sport has exploded in growth with the Federation now including more than 50 national associations on five continents.

Easy to Start

That growth can be attributed to the facts that:

   Amputee football allows those in "alternative configurations" to engage in the power, passion and spirit of the world sport.

   Though designed for amputees, our Great Game is very fast and very physical - a true sport with rules based as closely to FIFA Football as possible.

International tournament referees are nominated chosen by their National Associations. Many at the international level hold national, USSF, UEFA, FIFA and international Paralympic certifications. Photo © Carl Calabria

   It's a very inexpensive sport to get into - needing only a shoe, shin guard, t-shirt and shorts, forearm crutches and a ball to start.

   The game can be played indoors or out, on any available surface.

   In addition to the international 6 v 6 + keeper format, recreational play may also include 3 v 3, 4 v 4, and 5 v 5 formats - with the objective that anyone who wants to play should have he opportunity to play.

   Amputee football encourages a sense of belonging, self-confidence and self-reliance in players, increasing their independence and productivity off the pitch, often reducing the need for agency or governmental support resources.


The World Amputee Football Federation is the sport's ruling governing body, administered by a Congress of Members, and operated on a day-to-day basis by an Executive Committee consisting of senior elected officers and the Chief of the Referee's Committee.

For more information on amputee football please Contact Us.

Unless otherwise noted, all text, images and video on this site are Copyright
R. G. Hofmann. All rights reserved.
For permission to reproduce these images Contact us.