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Laws and Rules Governing
Amputee Football Play and Players

Adopted by the 1st WAFF General Assembly in Niteroi, Brazil, August, 2005.

This Federation recognizes and abides by the FIFA Laws of Association Football with the following amendments for Amputee footballers:

LAW (1)   The Field of Play

1.1   The game shall be played on grass or on a suitable all weather surface as prescribed by the international federation. It is also permissible for games to take place indoors.

1.2   The pitch will be between a maximum of 70 metres long and a minimum of 55 metres, and between a maximum width of 60 metres wide and a minimum of 30 metres wide. The length of the pitch will always exceed the width.

1.3   The field will be marked by two parallel lines along the length of the pitch which will be the touch line. The ends of the touch line will be joined by the goal line, in the centre of which will be located the goals.

1.4   Lines marking the field of play shall not exceed 12 cm in width.

1.5   A rectangular goal area will be marked by two parallel lines running 10 metres apart infield from the goal line. These two lines will be measured 2.5 metres from the inside edge of each goal post to the inside edge of the goal area line that runs parallel to the touch line.

1.6   The goal line will be closed at the infield end with another line parallel to the goal line.

In the centre of the field will be a mark denoting the penalty shot which will be 1 metre outside the infield end of the goal line area.

A mark on both touch lines and one in the centre of the field - all 6 meters from the penalty mark at each end of the field - may be used to reduce the possibility of encroachment by players.

1.7   The field of play will be divided into equal half's by a line marked across the centre of the field of play, joining the two touch lines. This will be the halfway line.

The centre of the field of play shall be indicated by a suitable mark. A circle with a 6 meter radius shall be marked around it.

1.8   In each corner of the pitch an acred line 1.5 meters in from the corner post will be marked joining the touch line and the goal line.

1.9   The goals will be of a suitable type and style agreed by the federation, being 2.2 meters high and 5 meters wide. All goals must be anchored to the ground for the safety of all players. The safety of the players MUST be the first consideration both before and during the same.

LAW (2)   The Ball: The ball can be of the all-weather type.

LAW (3)   Number and Qualification of Players

3.1   The game will be played by two teams each consisting of not more than 7 players per side, one of whom must be the goalkeeper.

All teams entering international tournaments and competitions must have a reserve goalkeeper. A match may not begin if either team has fewer than 5 outfielders and goalkeeper, and a reserve goalkeeper.

3.2.1  "Amputee" is defined as one who is without a lower limb at or above the ankle, or who is without an upper limb at or above the wrist.

3.2.2   "Les Autres" is defined as one who possesses an entire limb, but said limb has no meaningful function.

3.2.3  Only leg Amputee players will be allowed to play as outfield players. Goalkeepers may have 2 legs, but must be a single arm Amputee.

No team may field more than 2 Les Autres players at any time during the game. All Les Autres players must be identified to opposing coaching staffs and to game officials prior to the start of play.

3.3   All artificial limbs must be removed prior to the start of play. Prosthetics are not allowed on the playing field.

3.4   Each team may name 7 substitutes, one of whom must be a goalkeepers. A team may therefore have no more than a total of 15 players dressed and available for play during any match.

A maximum of 2 substitutes may be used at any one time. All can be used over the duration of the match, but may enter the field of play only with the referee's permission and during a stoppage in play.

3.5   All substitute players ill be allowed to return to the game to replace any player on the field of play.

3.6   If a goalkeeper is sent off by the referee, the goalkeeper and a nominated outfield player must leave the field of play. The goalkeeper will be replaced by the reserve goalkeeper.

LAW (4)   Player Equipment

4.1   Will in all aspects reflect FIFA laws with the exception being crutches. These must be of a metal composition and may not by construction or design present a danger to any player. For example,

4.2   Before a player enters the field of play wing nuts, bolts fittings and metal wrist supports must be all covered and taped. Players' crutches must be well maintained and the rubber tips replaced when worn.

4.3   Only crutches of the forearm type are permitted in international competition. Revision to original Laws made by act the Congress of Members in Crespo, Argentina, 2010.

Exception: When an outfielder has one leg and only one arm, a metal underarm crutch may be used.

4.4   In all competitions crutches must be identified with tape in the team's sock colors, 40 cm Up from the crutch base. * Provision must be made by team management to have available alternative colors to match change strips when the need arise. Alternatively, safely secured lightweight plastic tubing may be considered.

4.5   Goalkeepers may wear track suit bottoms if they wish.

4.6   Goalkeepers who are hand-only Amputees or are long-forearm Amputees must wear tape or colored material around that arm to the elbow that is of a different color from his team's own shirt color.

4.7   Players who are below the knee Amputees must wear the team's sock on the residual limb. It is also recommended that all leg Amputees wear stump protectors for their own safety.


Two referees will be appointed for each match and they will operate along a touch line each. One will be the senior referee who, will always operate along the touch line where both teams' substitutes must be located. For international tournaments a reserve official will be appointed to assist with time-outs and substitutions.


6.1   The match will be played in two equal periods of 25 minutes each. Play may be suspended for "time-outs" of one per team per half. Time-outs shall not exceed one (1) minute. The half time interval shall not exceed 10 minutes.

6.2   In extra time or in a Golden Goal extra time where 10 minutes each way is being played, again (1) one time-out per team per period will be allowed.

At half time in extended play, both teams will change ends immediately and without delay.


For an indirect free kick to the attacking side inside the goal area, the ball will be paced on the goal are line that is closest to where the incident occurred.

For a direct or indirect free kick to the defending aide, the ball can be placed anywhere within the goal area to re-start the game.


8.1   Goal Kicks -- The goalkeeper or one of his team can take to goal kick. The ball need only be inside the goal area lines.

8.2   Throw-Ins - These will be replaced by a Kick-In from the place where the ball left the pitch.

LAW (9)   Off-Sides -- The offside rule dos not apply.

10.1   Sliding tackles are not permitted. Any player guilty will have a direct free kick awarded against them and their team. The offending player will be cautioned.

10.2   Goalkeepers are allowed to dive to the ground with one arm spread to defend their goal, but they may not slide with both feet first.

10.3   Should an outfield player slip or fall to the ground and the ball is touches or is played with any part of the body or crutches, then an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opponents.

10.4   Crutches are extensions of the arms. If these are intentionally moved towards and make contact with the ball, a direct free kick will be awarded to the opposing side.

10.5   If crutches are used by a defender to control or direct the ball inside their own penalty area, the opposing side will be awarded a penalty kick.

10.6   If crutches are used to control or direct the ball by an attacking player, a direct free kick to the defending side will be taken from anywhere inside the goal area.

10.7   Neither goal keepers nor outfielders may use their residual limbs to effect control of the ball. If done by a goalkeeper within his own goal area, the opposing side will be awarded a penalty kick.

10.8   If by an outfielder (leg stump) within his own goal area, a penalty kick will be awarded to the opposing side.

10.9   Only if an obvious goal scoring opportunity is denied will the goalkeeper or an outfielder be sent off for using arm or leg stumps in the goal area.

10.10   When the goalkeeper has his hand on the ball and the ball is in the ground, players must not attempt to play or kick the ball. If they do an indirect free kick will be awarded to the other team.

10.11   When an indirect free kick is awarded to the attacking team inside the opponent's goal area, the ball will be placed on the goal area line at the nearest point to where the offense occurred.

10.12   Inside then field of play, players defending any direct or indirect free kicks must remain six (6) meters away from the ball at all times.

10.13   Goalkeepers must at all times remain within the marked goal area. GOALKEEPERS MUST AT ALL TIMES REMAIN WITHIN THE MARKED GOAL AREA. Should they intentionally leave the goal area they will be penalized by the awarding of a penalty kick and will be sent from, the field of play. However, an accidental excursion will not be penalized.


With any indirect free kick awarded to the attacking side within six (6) meters of the defending team's goal, the defenders will be allowed to line-up along their own goal line.


A penalty will be taken from the penalty mark. ALl players except the kicker and the goalkeeper must be at least six (6) meters behind the ball and on the field of play.


The throw-in is replaced by a kick-in from the place where the ball left the field of play by a player from thereopposing side of the last player to touch or play the ball before then whole of it crossed the touch line. Opponents of te kicking team must remain six (6) meters from the ball.


The ball will be placed motionless on the ground and kicked into play from within the goal area marking. The ball will not be in play until the whole of it has crossed the goal area line. If it is played by any player before it is in play then the goal kick must be re-taken.

LAW (15)   THE CORNER KICK: The arc shall be 1.5 meters.