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.
BeginningsThe 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 StartThat 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.
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.
GovernanceThe 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.
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