Cerebral Palsy Football (CP Football)

Japan Cerebral Palsy Football Association (JCPFA)

What's CP football?

7-a-side football developed for persons with cerebral palsy

CP football (7-a-side cerebral palsy football) is one of the few team sports played while standing for persons with cerebral palsy, whose degree of impairment is relatively mild. The pitch size is smaller than 11-a-side association football. Except for the other 2 modifications such as "no offside law" and "throw-ins can be made by rolling the ball into play", the rules are the almost same as the IFAB Laws of the Game. With a variety of degree of impairment among players, they need to understand the natures of impairment each other – building good teamwork is essential to win. The sport is highly actively played in global and there are several international competitions.


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What are the rules?

Team members
Game duration
60 minutes (two halves of 30 minutes each)
Pitch size
Regardless of the type of impairment (diplegia, tetraplegia (athetosis, spasticity, dyskinesia or ataxia) or hemiplegia), players shall be classified into the following 3 by level of impairment:
 FT1: Most Severe Involvement
 FT2: Moderate Involvement
 FT3: Minimal Involvement
A team shall include one FT1 player at least and one FT3 player at most.
Other rules
●No offiside law
●A player may choose to roll the ball into play. If rolled into play the ball must touch the ground within 1m from the point at which the throw-in is taken once it has left the players hand(s)
●When restarting the play, the opponents of the team taking the kick-off must be at least 7 m from the ball until it is in play.
Persons with mobility impairment (diplegia, hemiplegia or tetraplegia) due to brain damage such as a stroke or a brain injury who CAN walk and run by themselves without the help of a stick.


Japan Cerebral Palsy Football Association (JCPFA)

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