FINLAND

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.