The History of the Development of Powerchair Football

This sport appeared in Europe at the end of the nineteen-seventies


1978 – France creates “Football in electric wheelchairs” for young people with severe disabilities.


1979 – Without having any contact with France, Canada starts to develop a sport called “Power Soccer”.
Since the beginning of the eighties, “Power Soccer” was exported to the United States and Japan,
while “Wheelchair Football” was being played in Belgium, in Portugal and in Switzerland.


From 1980 to 2005 – During these 25 years several styles of play developed, without the various
countries ever conversing about it. All were inspired by the Canadian and French models and
each adapted their play to meet their own requirements.


January 2005 – At the initiative of France, representatives of the United States, Canada, Japan, England and Portugal, met in Paris to discuss the possibility of making the sport international. A date was set to try and scrutinise the four main styles of the game, in order to create a new international discipline.


October 2005 – The six countries, joined by Denmark and Belgium, met in Portugal, finalised the international rulebook, and officially created Powerchair Football. The nine months that followed were spent writing the new sporting rules and finalising the Articles in order to create the international federation.


July 2006 – In Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the new sporting rules were tested and validated.
The Articles of the new federation were adopted at the General Assembly on July 24, 2006.
On October 16th of the same year, the International Federation of Powerchair Football Association filed its Articles in Paris, France, the home of its registered office.


October 2007 – FIPFA organised its first World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Eight countries competed to win the first international competition of Powerchair Football. Broadcast live on the Internet, a Japanese website indicated the competition was visited by several thousand players and supporters from all over the world!


2008 – The first international club competition was organized in France. This EPFA Power Champions League brought together the top eight teams from four European countries. Development clinics were also held in Ireland and Switzerland.


2009 – The international training course for referees. 1st Americas Cup: competition organised in Atlanta and bringing together the best teams from the USA and Canada ; development clinic in Poland ; FIPFA acquires the status of Federation recognised by the IPC (International Paralympic Committee).


2010 – 2nd Power Champions League in Europe organised in England: Scotland and Wales Demonstrations – 2nd Cup of the Americas held in Vancouver to the Canada.


2011 – Demonstration organised in Australia, including representatives from New Zealand: Paris hosted the 2nd World Cup with 10 countries present – Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, and the USA; 2nd General Assembly held in Paris.


2012 – Portugal hosts an international training course for players under the age of 16; demonstration in Brazil, including representatives from Argentina ; conference and demonstration in Paris with representatives from Germany, Austria, Finland and Italy.


2013 – Demonstration and clinic for players organised in Austria (Vienna).


2014 – First European Nations Cup in Ireland (Limerick), and first Americas Cup (COPA) in Brazil (Rio). FIPFA organized the first international tournament for players under eighteen in France (Paris). Austria, Finland, Argentina, Uruguay and New Zealand joined FIPFA.




It is a measure of fairness to make football, the most popular sport in the world, accessible to all!

The phenomenal success of this sport among all ages around the world, demonstrates a real hope for people using electric wheelchairs on a daily basis as their mode of ambulation. As a leisure activity offering a great playground for the young, powerchair football is also a truly competitive sport.



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