Sports & Team Games
Soccer is an activity in which teams of various numbers compete to strategically kick a soccer ball down field and through a goal. Soccer is an excellent activity for improving overall physical fitness and requires very little equipment. Soccer is an official activity of the Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA), Special Olympics International (SOI), the National Disability Sports Alliance (USCPAA), the United States of America Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF), and the American Amputee Soccer Association (AASA).
AMERICAN AMPUTEE SOCCER ASSOCIATION
- The game is played without prosthesis, on metal forearm crutches.
- Crutches and residual limbs may not be used to advance the ball.
- Games are co-ed and consist of two 20 minute periods.
- For more information, contact the American Amputee Soccer Association (AASA).
DAAA 5-A-SIDE SOCCER
- Teams consist of no more than 8 players, 5 players on field at one time and may be coed.
- Ball size #4 is used and the duration of play is 20 minutes, consisting of two 10 minute periods with a 5 minute interval between periods.
- For more information, contact the Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA).
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FOOTBALL(SOCCER)
- Events include: 11 player team competition, 5 player team competition (outdoor),
Futsal Competition, and Unified Sports® competition.
- Individuals with lower ability levels may compete in individual skills contests which include dribbling, shooting, and run and kick.
- For more information, contact Special Olympics International (SOI).
- USADSF Soccer follows NCAA and FIFA rules with very little modifications.
- In international games, hearing aids are prohibited during play.
- Participants must have a hearing loss of 55 db or greater in either ear to be eligible.
- For more information, contact the United States of America Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF).
- There are two main modifications for CP soccer.
- Teams are reduced from eleven players to seven players.
- The playing field dimensions are reduced along with smaller goal areas (shown below).
- For more information, contact the United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association (USCPAA).
- VIP Soccer is a grass roots program offered by the American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO).
- VIP Soccer is designed for children who have visual impairments, amputations, mental retardation, autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other conditions that impair mobility, strength, and/or comprehension.
- VIP Soccer integrates "buddies" or volunteers to help players on and off the field.
- Teams consist of as few as 5 players, may be coed, and are balanced by size and physical ability.
- For more information, contact the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).
- Top Soccer is a grass roots program offered by the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).
Top Soccer is designed for children who have mental or physical disabilities.
- Participants are placed on teams according to ability, not age.
For more information, contact the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).
- Power soccer is played by individuals who use power wheelchairs.
- Games are played on a regulation size basketball court with four players composing a team.
Foot guards placed on the chairs to push the ball.
- For more information, contact the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP).
INDOOR WHEELCHAIR SOCCER
- Indoor Wheelchair Soccer is a cross disability activity played with six players on a team.
The activity combines passing, catching, kicking and throwing skills.
A 10 inch rubber utility ball is used instead of a soccer ball.
- For rules and more information, contact the United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association (USCPAA).
Flaghouse (balls, goals, shin guards, etc.), (800) 793-7900
TRS (super sport prosthesis), (800) 279-1865
Gopher (balls, goals, etc.), (800) 533-0446
Sportime (balls, utility ball # W32540), (800) 283-5700
FOR MORE INFORMATION
(also see keywords: soccer, soccer equipment, soccer programs, etc.)
AASA, (302) 529-0701
AYSO, (800) USA-AYSO
BORP, (510) 849-4663
DAAA, (972) 317-8299
FIFA, +41-1/384 9595
SOI, (202) 628-3630
USADSF, (801) 393-7916 (TTY)
USCPAA, (401) 874-7465
US Soccer, (312) 808-1300
USYSA, (800) 4-SOCCER
More information on this and related topics may be available in the NCPAD Citation Database. Try searching with keywords: soccer, etc.
The information provided here is offered as a service only. The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, University of Illinois at Chicago, the National Center on Accessibility, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago do not formally recommend or endorse the equipment listed. As with any products or services, consumers should investigate and determine on their own which equipment best fits their needs and budget.