Algeria
   Angola
    Argentina
   Belgium
    Brazil
    El Salvador
   England    France
   Georgia
   Germany
    Ghana
   Haiti
    Iran
   Ireland    Italy
   Japan
   Kenya
   Liberia    Mexico     The Netherlands    Niger
    Nigeria    Poland    Sierra Leone    Turkey
    Russia
   Ukraine
   USA    Uzbekistan
Angola Wins 2018 World Cup - Turkey Silver, Brazil Bronze
Champions of the World: Angola celebrates after 5-4 shootout win over Turkey.

San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico - After a grueling 80 match schedule it came down to one kick. Twice.

Both the Bronze Medal match between World Cup host Mexico and Brazil and the Gold medal match between Angola and Turkey came down to the one kick each.

In both matches teams were tied 0 - 0 after regulation play. Tied still at the end of the first over time. And still tied at the end of the second overtime. Which meant the 2018 World Cup Gold, Silver and Bronze medals would come down to penalty shots.

The Bronze medal match was won by Brazil on the strength of a goal scored by Long time Brazilian star Ademir Cruz. It was Ademir's final shot in an outstanding Amputee Football career. He retired after the match.

The Angola v Turkey Gold Medal Match followed the same script - tied 0 - 0 after regulation play. Tied still at the end of the first over time. And still tied at the end of the second overtime. Which meant the 2018 World cup would came down to penalty shots.

All Angolan shots scored. All Turkish penalty shots scored - but one. And on the benefit of that one save, Angola, the 2014 Silver Medalist, became Amputee Football's Champion of the World.

Unless otherwise noted, all images courtesy of CEAN Productions and the San Juan World Cup Organizing Committee.
Special Recognitions

Best Player: Celestino Elias Antonio (Angola)

Best Goalkeeper: Gabriel Magalhaes (Brazil)

High Scorer: Richard the Round Prince (Haiti)

Best Referee: Nakade Kazuhiro (Japan)

Fair Play: El Salvador

Proan field 1 and 2 and "The Dome" meeting and meal facility. San Juan in the background.    Photo © Carl Calabria

World-class opening ceremonies.   Photo © Carl Calabria

Great thanks to all our referees!


Mayan warrior - opening ceremonies.

Chief Referee Ian Clarke, right, and Ademir Cruz, Brazil, pledge sportsmanship and impartial officiating on behalf of all players and referees.

San Juan Mayor Jesus Medina Briseno Presents WAFF President Rick Hofmann, center, and World Cup tournament Sponsor Manual Romo Ruiz right, with the Keys to the City. It was the first time the Keys were presented to anyone since 1979.    Photo © Carl Calabria


In Congress:
3 New Members, New Sec. Gen Named
Poland, Costa Rica Bid
for Next World Cup

Congress Synopsis: The WAFF Membership grew by three in the early minutes of the 2018 Congress of Members. Honduras and Tanzanaia were accepted by unanimous vote.

Uruguay, a Provisional Member, provided all necessary documents and was also confirmed unanimously as new Full voting Member.

Simon Baker, Secretary General of WAFF's European Amputee Football Confederation was named WAFF Secretary General after Mawuli Viwotor, WAFF's outgoing Sec. Gen. withdrew his nomination and instead nominated Ms. Celeste Tchima for the position.

But Ms. Tchima's nomination came after the Oct. 5 deadline and was declared invalid.

Mr. Baker ran on a platform, in part, advancing the game through the creation of Regional Confederation Commissioners to help administer the needs of the Members in those Confederations.

Next World Cup Proposals

Representatives from Crakow, Poland, and from Costa Rica made preliminary proposals to host the 2022 World Cup. The World Cup Host will be chosen according to the following protocol:

o January 2019: Both applicants request application documentation to become the host nation of the 2022 WAFF World Cup

o October 2019: Both applicants will submit full application documentation with video

o November/December 2019: the WAFF Executive Committee will perform site visits to inspect the nations' bids to host the 2022 WAFF World Cup

o December 2019: the WAFF Executive Committee will write about their site findings

o January 2020: the WAFF Executive Committee will request that delegates will vote on which nation to select

o February 2020: the WAFF Executive Committee will conduct a final site visit to ensure what was promised by potential host nation is being

delivered o March 2020: the WAFF Executive Committee will announce the host nation for the 2022 WAFF World Cup


Game founder Don Bennett, center, with veteran players Ademir Cruz, Brazil, left, and Steve Johnson, England, top.


Lunch with Kenya in the Dome.



Honoring the Mexican day of the Dead.

Photos © Carl Calabria



Photos © Carl Calabria
 

Match Scores Oct. 27-28

Sat. Oct. 27 Mexico 31 Ireland
Sun. Oct. 28 England 50 Uruguay
Sun. Oct. 28 Argentina 1 1 France
Sun. Oct. 28 Italy NE Ghana
Sun. Oct. 28 Poland 1 0 Columbia
Sun. Oct. 28 Japan 1 0 Costa Rica
Sun. Oct. 28 Angola 4 0 Ukraine
Sun. Oct. 28 Haiti 2 0 Spain
Sun. Oct. 28 Russia 2 0 El Salvador
Sun. Oct. 28 Brazil 6 0 Nigeria
Sun. Oct. 28 Turkey 4 1 Kenya
Sun. Oct. 28 USA NE Liberia

Tournament sponsor Manuel Romo, right, accepts a World Cup logo from Haitian artist Francillon Chery. Mr. Chery created the logo from steel drum material.

Match Scores Day Oct. 29

Mon. Oct. 29 Mexico 20 Uruguay
Mon. Oct. 29 England 30 Ireland
Mon. Oct. 29 Argentina NE Ghana
Mon. Oct. 29 Italy 2 1 France
Mon. Oct. 29 Poland 1 0 Costa Rica
Mon. Oct. 29 Japan 0 3 Columbia
Mon. Oct. 29 Angola 1 0 Spain
Mon. Oct. 29 Haiti 2 1 Ukraine
Mon. Oct. 29 Russia 3 0 Nigeria
Mon. Oct. 29 Brazil 1 0 El Salvador
Mon. Oct. 29 Turkey NE Liberia
Mon. Oct. 29 Kenya 2 1 USA

"The Train" which carried players between their hotels and the main sports complex was a delight to both visitors and to the local community.  Photo © Carl Calabria

Match Scores Oct. 30

Tue. Oct. 30 Mexico 03 England
Tue. Oct. 30 Ireland 41 Uruguay
Tue. Oct. 30 Argentina 0 1 Italy
Tue. Oct. 30 France NE Ghana
Tue. Oct. 30 Poland 0 2 Japan
Tue. Oct. 30 Columbia 2 1 Costa Rica
Tue. Oct. 30 Angola 1 2 Haiti
Tue. Oct. 30 Ukraine 0 5 Spain
Tue. Oct. 30 Russia 0 0 Brazil
Tue. Oct. 30 El Salvador 0 1 Nigeria
Tue. Oct. 30 Turkey 5 1 USA
Tue. Oct. 30 Kenya NE Liberia

Consolation Round - Not Advancing
Group A
1. USA
2. Nigeria
3. Costa Rica
Group B
1. El Salvador
2. Uruguay
3. Ukraine

8th of Finals and
Position Play

Wed. Oct. 31 Russia 41 Kenya
Wed. Oct. 31 England 1 0 Argentina
Wed. Oct. 31 Turkey 4 0 Ireland
Wed. Oct. 31 Mexico 2 0 Japan
Wed. Oct. 31 Poland 2 1 Haiti
Wed. Oct. 31 Brazil 1 1 France
Wed. Oct. 31 Italy 0 2 Angola
Wed. Oct. 31 Columbia 2 3 Spain
Wed. Oct. 31 USA 21 Costa Rica
Wed. Oct. 31 El Salvador 3 1 Ukraine


Quarter Finals and
Position Play

England 15 Brazil
Mexico 2 0 Spain
Poland 3 3 Angola
Turkey 5 1 Russia
Argentina 2 1 France
Haiti 3 1 Italy
Nigeria 1 1 Costa Rica
Japan 1 0 Columbia
Ireland 11 Kenya
Uruguay 3 2 Ukaine


Semi-Final Finals and
Position Play

Brazil 02 Angola
Mexico 0 4 Turkey
 
Spain 0 5 Russia
England 2 0 Poland
Japan 2 1 Kenya
Argentina 2 3 Haiti
Columbia 2 0 Ireland
France 0 1 Italy
USA 21 Nigeria
El Salvador 6 2 Uruguay

Medal Matches
Angola 54 Turkey
Mexico 4 5 Brazil
 
Final Standings 2018 World Cup




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18 Nov 2018