FINLAND

EUROPEAN ZONE

First Footguard was presented with help of Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2010. Some players and their families started Finnish Powerchair Football association 2013.

First championship match was played 2015-2016 (2 teams), 2016-2017 (3 teams), and 2017-2018 (4 teams). From 2017 Powerchair Football has been included in the Finnish Football Association. All teams are integrated into football clubs. Finnish football association is a full member of FIPFA.

Future plans:

  • Visibility of disability sports (for example, during the FIFA qualifying match v. Ukraine, 22 Finnish powerchair football players will escort the Finnish FIFA team into the stadium).
  • Classification.
  • Increase amount of players
  • Increase amount of clubs in the national league
  • Team Finland to Nations cup.
  • We are interested in organizing one international tournament in Finland.
  • Coach / referee education
  • Co-operations with Nordic countries especially

PARTICIPATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL EVENTS AND RESULTS

  • Finland participated in the FIPFA U-18 tournament 2013 in Paris.
    Team Finland was very young and these matches were the first for the Finnish players.
    Finland finished in sixth plac and won de FAIR PLAY Trophy.
  • 2014 Finland took part in a development tournament in Vienna, Austria.
    Finland lost the final against Austria.

THE POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL IN THE COUNTRY

COMPETITIONS, CLUBS AND NUMBER OF PLAYERS

FINNISH CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE

We have played 2 seasons of Finnish championship league. 

NUMBER OF CLUBS AND TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY

4 clubs will take part in the 2017-2018 league. We have around 30 players in Finland.

TRAINING

Several tester events with coach training and referee training from FIPFA. Future planning for classifier training.