What is classification
Classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in CP Football have Ataxia, Hypertonia or Athetosis - three impairment types that are most commonly associated with individuals having neurological impairment, with a motor control impairment of a cerebral nature, causing a permanent and verifiable Activity Limitation.
- Hypertonia is a condition marked by an abnormal increase in muscle tension and a reduced ability of a muscle to stretch
- Ataxia is a neurological sign and symptom that consists of a lack of co-ordination of muscle movements
- Athetosis is generally characterized by unbalanced, involuntary movements due to constant changes in muscle tone and a difficulty maintaining a symmetrical posture
Athletes competing in CP Football have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage in sport. Consequently, a system has to be put in place to minimize the impact of impairments on sport performance and to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This system is called classification.
A structure for competition
A sport class is a category which groups athletes depending on how much their impairment impacts performance in their sport, and CP Football includes 4 classes, called FT5, FT6, FT7 and FT8. As Football 7-a-Side is a team sport, classification aims at ensuring fairness with regard to the impact of impairment between both teams.
To accomplish this, the players are firstly allocated one of four sport classes. In order to ensure a fair game between two teams, each team (seven players) has to have two FT5 or FT6 players on the field at all times and is not allowed to have more than one FT8 players on the field.
If you would like further information about Classification, please see the 'Downloads' section of this page for the IFCPF Classification Rules and also the IPC Laymen's Guide to Classification