FRANCE

EUROPEAN ZONE

Powerchair Football (French version), appeared in France in the 1980s. France participated in the creation of the FIPFA by proposing to the countries which practiced a specific version of this sport, to meet in Paris in 2005 and try to Whether a proposal to introduce a single regulation could be envisaged.

The six countries have decided to validate this proposal and have also decided to create an international federation. This Federation, initially called IPFA, eventually baptized FIPFA. The association is declared in Paris and the address of its registered office is that of the French Federation Handisport.

In France, Powerchair Football is under the responsibility of the French Handisport federation, which has delegated the state to manage sport for people with disabilities. It co-ordinates more than 30 different sports, both Paralympic and non-Paralympic sports. It also develops recreational and outdoor sport.

The presidency of the FIPFA was under the responsibility of a Frenchman from its creation to 2017.

PARTICIPATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL EVENTS AND RESULTS

  • Finalist of the World Cup in Tokyo (Japan) in 2007.
  • 3rd place in the World Cup in Paris (France) in 2011.
  • European Champion in Limerick (Ireland) in 2014.
  • Qualified for the third World Cup in Kissimmee, FL, USA in 2017.

THE POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL IN THE COUNTRY

COMPETITIONS, CLUBS AND NUMBER OF PLAYERS

FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP

Three divisions at the national level, plus a fourth regional level with six distinct championships: Nord, Île-de-France, Center, Bretagne, Sud-Ouest, Sud-Est. The weekends of the championship are organized in “plate weekends”: several teams move on the same site and play up to 4 games over 2 days according to the schedule.

FRENCH CUP

All the teams registered in the different championships are free of charge. They are grouped in their geographical area of origin (North, Île-de-France, Center, Bretagne, Sud-Ouest, Sud-Est). The winner of each of the six regional phases is then qualified for the Final Phase of the Coupe de France. Progress of the final phase: six teams engaged, two pools of three teams in formula championship in single match.

NUMBER OF CLUBS AND TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY

75 clubs, 105 teams, 645 players in compétition, 360 leisure players.