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World Cup Teams are Now in San Juan.
Check the live streaming links at the right for elite-level Amputee Football!

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.

The Joy of Amputee Football Found
at Rome 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.

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.

England Again in Warsaw
Wins Gold over Russia 1:0

Poland for Bronze over Ukraine 2:1
For match scores see

Continental in Istanbul

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

Santa Lucia stadium. One of four competition venues in San Juan.

The Amputee Football World Cup has arrived in San Juan de los Lagaos, Jalisco, Mexico, in preparation for the championship tournament set to begin at 7pm, local time (-5 GMT) on October 27.

The first round match schedule can be seen at the right. The medal round schedule will be published on the World Cup Facebook page.

All 80 matches are scheduled to be live streamed at the links above.

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.

Ireland Gives Tanzania a Ton of Help

Well, maybe not a ton, but enough kit and equipment to jump start the country's emerging amputee football effort.

Ireland's Simon Baker and , Chris McElligott, supported by the Football Association of Ireland and the International Red Cross, delivered all of the equipment, and more, to help launch the newly created Tanzanian 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...
WAFF Approves All-Women's Teams

USA's Bronyn Creed competes against El Salvador in the 1987 World Cup.

Women's Amputee Soccer? Yes.

Women have been an integral part of amputee soccer from the beginning, and have played in World Cup competition since 1984.

Now women are forming teams of their own.

The World Amputee Football Federation thinks it's a great idea, and has endorsed women's teams, leagues, and international competitions.

Member Associations are not required to form women's teams, but they may do so if they wish.

Kenya Forms All-Women's 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

The joy! of Competition

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1 Oct 2018