Powerchair football was first introduced to Australia in 2010 and the country became a member of FIPFA in 2011. Following a development event in Sydney in 2011 where FIPFA sponsored athletes, coaches, officials and referees from France, the USA and Japan held training clinics and instruction sessions, Australia attended the 2011 FIPFA World Cup. Australia also hosted the inaugural APO Zone Championship (Asia Pacific Oceania) in January 2013.
Powerchair football is governed in Australia by the Australian Powerchair Football Association (APFA). APFA aids in development of the sport across the country by assisting state organisations to grow, through creating networks and helping with equipment needs. Internationally, Australia is actively helping the APO Zone and developing countries in the region to establish the sport, with the goal of assisting the growth of zone member countries and the establishment of the APO Championship as an ongoing bi-annual event.
PARTICIPATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL EVENTS AND RESULTS
- 7th place at 2011 FIPFA World Cup in Paris, France.
- Runners up at 2013 APO Cup in Sydney, Australia.
- 2nd place at 2014 APFC Copa Americas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- 4th place at 2017 FIPFA World Cup in Kissimmee, USA.
THE POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL IN THE COUNTRY
COMPETITIONS, CLUBS AND NUMBER OF PLAYERS
POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL COMPETITION IN AUSTRALIA
State organisations are responsible for running their own regional competitions, with the best athletes representing their states in annual National Championships, which are run by APFA. This tournament is the stepping stone for any athlete wishing to represent their country. Australia has also allowed regional teams from New Zealand to affiliate with APFA, allowing them to participate in our national competition and gain vital experience as the sport develops in New Zealand.
APFA also established an annual Club Championship in 2016. This event allows the opportunity for even more athletes to experience competition at the highest level. Clubs are allowed to include 1 marquee player in their team and the tournament is open to any interested clubs from around the world.
Number of teams and players: 10 club teams, 5 state teams and approximately 80 players.