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 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
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
|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|
|Oct. 4 - Wednesday||Spain||2||1||Germany|
|Oct. 5 - Thursday||France||3||0||Belgium|
4 Ireland 5 France 6 Greece
Photo courtesy Kenya Amputee Football Federation
Ireland's Simon Baker
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
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 Academy Adopted as an Official WAFF Outreach ProgramThe 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.
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.
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 CommitteesAnother 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
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 SanctionedCongressional 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