In December, 1996 I first met football players in electric wheelchairs, at Clairefontaine. Being extremely interested and curious to see how these young people played football in their strange contraptions, I went to watch their championship final a couple of months later. To see them play with so much dexterity and enthusiasm, the idea of disability quickly disappeared and I discovered true sportsmen! Since then I have become one of their most passionate supporters and I have had the pleasure of attending matches to encourage them many times. With the internationalisation of Wheelchair Football, these amazing sportsmen will discover the attraction of high level competition, and it is with great joy that I accompany them, encourage them, and renew my support. I warmly congratulate this young International Federation, and wish them huge success.