Canada has played a vital role in the development of Powerchair Football, with roots being traced as far back as 1979. Although Powerchair Football Canada had only been established in 2008 at the Canadian PowerSoccer Summit in Vancouver, teams and leagues have emerged and been around in BC since the early 1980’s.
As the sport grew and developed on the west side of the country, it wasn’t until 2005 that Powerchair Soccer spread east to Quebec and saw incredible growth as players fell in love with the game. 2005 also saw representatives from Canada meet with 5 other countries to help develop and form what is now FIPFA.
In 2007, Canada held it’s first ever National Game in Vancouver as BC topped Quebec by a score of 2-0. Since then, Powerchair Football Canada has worked hard to promote the sport across the entire country, with Alberta becoming involved in 2009. As our teams and competing provinces are vastly spread out geographically , it is our goal to get every province and territory involved as we continue to develop our programs.
PARTICIPATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL EVENTS AND RESULTS
- 2007 – First ever FIPFA World Cup in Japan. Canada sends Vancouver Athlete Angus Epp as Canadian Ambassador
- 2009 – Canada attends first America’s Champion Cup (ACC) in Atlanta, Georgia
- 2010 – Canada hosts the ACC in Vancouver
- 2011 – 1st National Powerchair Football Tournament is held in Quebec where the first Team Canada was selected
- 2011 – FIPFA World Cup in Paris, Canada takes part for the 1st time and places 6th
- 2013 – Coastal Cup is hosted in Vancouver
- 2014- Canada attends COPA in Brazil and places 3rd
- 2014 – 2017 Canada continues to host Defi Tournament in Quebec and Coastal Cup in BC
- 2017 – Canada attends the FIPFA World Cup in Florida and places 10th
THE POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL IN THE COUNTRY
COMPETITIONS, CLUBS AND NUMBER OF PLAYERS
POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL COMPETITION IN CANADA
In the future our goals are to continue to develop and promote Powerchair Soccer across every province and territory, while developing referee and classification training across all of our programs.