El Salvador
   England    France
   Ireland    Italy
   Liberia    Mexico     The Netherlands    Niger
    Nigeria    Poland    Sierra Leone    Turkey
   USA    Uzbekistan

Ian Clarke, England
WAFF's new Chief Referee

England's Ian Clarke Elected
WAFF Chief Referee

With more than 25 years refereeing experience, much of it at the elite level, Ian Clarke has been elected Chief Referee for the World Amputee Football Federation.

Clarke has a deep background in refereeing adaptive sports, and has been engaged with amputee football since 2002.

He is currently Head Referee for the European Amputee Football Federation and Head Referee for The England Amputee Football Association. In total, he's refereed more than 60 international Amputee Football matches.

Clark was elected WAFF's top referee not by the member nations, but by fellow elite level referees.

As the Federation's newly elected Chief Referee, Clarke has authority over and responsibility for the referee and sideline officials for all WAFF sanctioned international competitions, including continental championships and the World Cup.

He also becomes Chairman of the WAFF Referee's Committee and will sit as a member of the Federation's Executive Committee.

More than 70 Discover the Joy of Amputee Football at Rome's Junior Training Camp

The joy of Amputee Football Junior's Camp. Photo by Maciej Gillert

More than 70 children from 10 European nations took part in this year's amputee football Junior Training Camp in Rome, Italy. July 4-8.

The children, aged 6 to 16, learned the game from experienced football coaches in five days of workouts and matches.

In doing so they also learned there are no obstacles to playing amputee football.

The training Camp was sponsored by the European Amputee Football Federation, the European Confederation of the World Amputee Football Federation.

Mexico Chosen to Host
Amputee Football World Cup #15

Guadalajara, Mexico

Mexico has been chosen to host the 2018 World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) World Cup.

The WAFF's premier competition is scheduled to take place between October 24 and November 5, 2018

The tournament will gather the national teams from 24 countries to compete for the trophy last won by Russia in 2014.

The competition will take place in four cities across the State of Jalisco - Guadalajara, San Juan, Logos de Moreno and Chapala.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will soon unveil the World Cup mascot and other tournament details.

Turkey Wins European Championship 2-1 over England
Poland Wins Bronze 3-1 over Spain

Semi-Final Results - Sunday October 8!
England 3 vs. 0 Spain   Poland 0 vs. 2 Turkey
Quarterfinal Results - Saturday October 7!
Poland 5 vs. 0 Ireland   England 2 vs. 0 France
Turkey 2 vs. 1 Russia   Spain 2 vs. 1 Italy

First Round Results:
Oct 2 - Monday Turkey 8 0 Germany

Oct. 3 - Tuesday Spain 4 0 Georgia
Poland 5 1 France
Italy 4 0 Belgium
England 8 0 Greece
Russia 2 1 Ireland

Oct. 4 - Wednesday Spain 2 1 Germany
Russia 10 0 Greece
Italy 0 0 France
Poland 4 0 Belgium
England 1 0 Ireland
Turkey 9 0 Georgia

Oct. 5 - Thursday France 3 0 Belgium
Germany 1 0 Greece
Ireland 4 1 Georgia
Poland 3 0 Italy
Russia 0 1 England
Turkey 4 0 Spain

England Wins 6th Amp Futbol Cup
1 - 0 over Poland

Final Rankings:
1   England     2   Poland      3   Japan
4   Ireland       5     France    6   Greece
Time Remaining Until the
Amputee Football World Cup!

San Juan de Los Lagos now to host World Cup 2018
Due to unforseen difficulties within the Guadalajara Organizing Committee the 2018 World Cup is being moved entirely to the City of San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico.

Our new primary sponsor and leaders of the San Juan Local Organizing Committee are top executives of the Proan Company, one of Mexico's largest businesses.

Proan has an excellent background organizing football tournaments, including the highly successful Copa America 2015.

Images and update to follow.

Kenya Forms First-Ever All Women's Amp Soccer Team

Under the leadership of Ms. Charity Kamau, president, the Kenya Amputee Football Federation (KENAFF) has formed the world's first-ever all women's amputee soccer team.

Members of the Nairobi team are, back row. left to right, Cecilia Wangechi, Alice Njeri, Jane Kerubo, Elizabeth Ogonji, Elizabeth Njoki, Beth Wanja, and Coach David Manda.
   Front row, Goalkeeper Jecinta Aluoch.

Ms. President Kamau said her team’s goal is to be able to play other women’s teams in their Own World Cup Competition.

Photo courtesy Kenya Amputee Football Federation

European Championship Shatters
All-Time Attendance Records

Istanbul, Turkey - This game is catching on.

Amputee Soccer has traditionally been played in club and university-sized stadiums. But the Gold Medal match between Turkey and England in the recent European Championships vaporized all previous attendance marks.

The final match drew so much attention that it had to be moved to the Vodafone Park Stadium in Istanbul. Attendance - standing room only at more than 41,188 fans.

Turkey - 2 England - 1 for the Gold. Poland-Bronze. Spain 4th.

Tournament sponsors were reportedly very happy with the turn-out...

The joy! of competition.

Ireland's Simon Baker Honored
for Service to Football

Ireland's Simon Baker
With the John Sherlock Award

The Irish Football Association has honored Simon Baker, founder of the Irish Amputee Football Association, for outstanding service to football.

Simon, who also serves as Secretary General of the European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF), received the John Sherlock Award the award at the recent FAIreland Communications Awards & Delegates Dinner in Kilkenny.

Congratulations to Simon on this singular honor!

Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

2017 Amp Futbol Cup Scores

Saturday, 24 June
11 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:30 Poland -    6
Japan  -    1
12:45 France  -   0
England -  2
15:00 Japan   -  13
Greece -    0
16:15 Ireland   -   2
France -     0
18:30 Poland -   11
Greece -     0
17:45 Ireland -     0
England -    2

Sunday, 25 June
10:00 Semi-final #1  England - 4   V  Japan - 0
11:30 Semi-final #2  Poland - 4  V  Ireland - 1
13:00 5th place match France - 4  V   Greece - 0
14:30 3rd Place Match Japan - 2   V    Ireland - 0
16:00 Legia Warsaw All Stars v Amp Futbol Friends
17:00 Final  England - 1   V   Poland - 0


World Amputee Football Congress Report

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New technology: For the first time ever, delegates had access to real-time translations of the discussions in progress. Thanks to Fernando Solis, above, and to Claudia Rangel who worked so long and hard translating on our behalf.

Best Congress Ever

With respect to all previous hosts and host cities, the recent Guadalajara Congress has been praised as the best, most productive Congress ever.

A key element in that success was the fact that in earlier Congresses delegates had only a single day to consider all the issues before us.

This time we had four days to address each proposal and to consider their long long-term effects on our sport.      Each delegate demonstrated great thoughtfulness, genuine courtesy and concern for the advancement of our game, making the benefit of the overall Membership their primary concern.

Congress-wideFred SorrelsCeleste Tchima
Ademir CruzNaomiSteve Johnson
IrelandElena BatovskyJorge GaarciaMasayuki Sugino

Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen.

And thank you Dr. Jan Guana, President, and Ms. Noemi Arias Valenci, Secretary General
of the Mexican Federation. And thanks to the your sponsors and government supporters, to the Pulido family and your staff - Rosario Flores, Susana Santillan, Alan Carbajal, Cecilia Romo and Andres Avalos, for your hospitality, your leadership, for your hard work, for your innovations and your thoughtfulness in all things related to the Congress.

We appreciate you.

Special Guest Aimee Poyo
International Paralympic Committee

President Rick Hofmann greets IPC representative Aimee Poyo.

The Congress was honored to welcome Ms. Aimee Poyo, a member of and representing the International Paralympic Committee.  Ms. Poyo led a detailed discussion on the requirements and process of becoming a member of the Paralympic Community and of qualifying for Paralympic status.

Ms. Poyo also acknowledged, praised and encouraged WAFF's inclusion of women in its administration and leadership.

Leadership Elections

Rick Hofmann, President; Jan Gauna, 1st Vice President; Mateusz Widlak, 2nd Vice President.

President Rick Hofmann and Dr. Jan Gauna, Mexico, nominated for 1st Vice President ran opposed. Mateusz Widlak, Poland, and Ademir Cruz, Brazil, were both nominated for 2nd Second Vice President.

Sr. Cruz withdrew his nomination to support Mr. Widlak.   Hofmann, Gauna, and Widlak were then elected to their offices by acclamation.

The offices of Secretary General and Chief Referee will be voted upon in the 2018 Congress.

Juniors training Camp, Dublin, Ireland, June 2016.

Juniors Training Academy Adopted as an Official WAFF Outreach Program

The Juniors Training Academy Program, launched so successfully by Ireland, England and Poland, has been adopted as a WAFF world-wide initiative.

An "Every Child Protected" safety protocol is being formalized to assure that all children will be protected both on and off the training pitch. Those protocols are based on FIFA, UEAF, the Irish FAI and other Child welfare Programs.

Those protocols include verifying that coaches are certified, coaches, staff members and volunteers passing a background check.

A Member's program will be endorsed by WAFF once their policies have been reviewed as proper and sustainable.

The Juniors Program is seen as a great benefit first and foremost to amputee and Les Autres children,and secondarily as verification to government agencies and prospective sponsors that the WAFF and its members are worthy members of the international sport community.

World Cup Actions

The Congress addressed quite a number of important issues ranging from the fundamental character of our sport to World Cup scheduling, Paralympic qualification,Rules of Membership and more. Please read the following carefully so you will be fully aware of all of the changes and refinements affecting our game.

   World Cup Schedule
  Delegates addressed the financial and logistical realities of hosting a World Cup Tournament and reached the following consensus:

The next World Cup is scheduled for 2018. Bid packages are due by the end of January. After that the World Cup will be played every four years, the following World Cup being set for 2022.

Continental championships will also be scheduled for on a four-year cycle, to fall between World Cups. A sample schedule follows:
2017 Continental / Confederation Championships
2018 World Cup Tournament
2019 Regional / Intra-Regional Competitions
2020 Continental / Confederation Championships
2021 Regional / Intra-regional Competitions
2022 World Cup Tournament

Amp Football Founder
Don Bennett Named to
WAFF Hall of Fame

By unanimous vote of the Congress, Mr. Don Bennett, creator of our great game, has become the first person ever to be named to the WAFF Hall of Fame.

Bennett received the honor not only on the basis of his founding of our sport, but also in recognition of his 36-years supporting, developing and promoting amputee football.

Don continues to serve as an Ambassador of the sport, serving in that capacity most recently in Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia.

New Members:
Columbia, Costa Rica & Uruguay

The Congress unanimously accepted three new Members. Columbia, represented by President Wilmer Blanco, at right, was Accepted into full voting Membership.

Costa Rica, represented by Vice president Jhanny Flores, (left) and President Harold Villalobos,is also a full voting member.

Uruguay, accepted as a Provisional Member,was represented by President Elena Batovsky, at right, and her husband Dr. Luis Pacheco.

Key Committees

Another benefit of the longer Congress was that Members of key WAFF Committees had the opportunity to work together face-to-face on key issues affecting the Federation. working committees inluded a truly representative cross-section of EAFF Members:

Athlete Sport Classification System - Paralympic Requirement:
    Jan Gauna, Mexico; Mateusz Widlak, Poland; Harold Villalobos, Costa Rica, and Dr. Luis Pacheco, Uruguay

Sport Development
    Steve Johnson, England; Fred Sorrells, Haiti; Chris Chris McGelligot, Ireland.

Public Relations, Marketing & Sponsorships 
    Rick Hofmann,USA; Simon Baker, Ireland; Jan Gauna, Mexico.

WADA Clean Sport Requirements - Paralympic Requirement
    Each Member should make contact with its own Paralympic Committee for guidance and adoption of its requirements.

Sponsorship Proposal Outlined

Luis Pulido, standing outlines a proposal by Keuka Sporting Goods, to sponsor the WAFF World Cup.

Javier and Luiz Pulido, long-time football leaders in Mexico, and good friends of the WAFF, presented Congress delegates with a proposal to help sponsor the WAFF World Cup tournament in exchange for Members support of its products in their countries.

The basic proposal offered full custom uniform kits, made to each member's specifications; equipment, including top quality balls; and financial support, for Member's promotion of Keuka products.

After hearing delegates responses, Keuka is drafting a formal proposal for further consideration.

Competitions Must Be Sanctioned

Congressional delegates also passed a resolution requiring that all tournaments and competitions, including friendlies, be sanctioned by the Executive or Competitions Committees for the purposes of scheduling, calendar development, media exposure, and International standings.

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24 June 2017