The first International CP Football competition was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1978 at the third edition of the Cerebral Palsy International Games. It was at these Games, where the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) was founded.
In 1982, the first World Championships were held at the CPISRA World Games in Denmark; and the first Regional Championships were held in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1985.
CP Football was first included on the Paralympic programme in 1984 at the New York Paralympic Games. Belgium became the first Paralympic Champion, defeating Ireland.
Between 1988 and 1996, the Netherlands were the leading nation becoming Paralympic Champions at the Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Paralympics Games.
Since then, Russia and Ukraine have been top of the rankings. Russia were the gold medallist at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and Ukraine gold medallist at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games defeating Brazil. Russia and Ukraine then also met in the finals in both finals of Beijing 2008 and London 2012, with Ukraine winning gold in the first final and Russia taking the gold in the second.
In October 2010, the general assembly of CPISRA adopted a motion for CP football to become an independent sport. In January 2015, the governance of CP Football was transferred from CPISRA to the new governing body, the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football.
2015 also saw the inaugral IFCPF CP Football World Championships U19 take place at the CPISRA World Games in Nottingham, England, with 7 teams from 3 IPC regions.
The performance now being shown by many countries, through excellent coaching and training, have seen a levelling out in the competitive ability of many of the countries now taking part.
|World Championships||Winner||Runner up||Third place|
|1982 Denmark, Greve||Ireland||Netherlands||Belgium|
|1986 Belgium, Gits||Netherlands||Belgium||Ireland|
|1990 Netherlands, Assen||Netherlands||Ireland||Belgium|
|1994 Ireland, Dublin||Netherlands||Ireland||Belgium|
|1998 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro||Russia||Ukraine||Brazil|
|2003 Argentina, Buenos Aires||Ukraine||Brazil||Russia|
|2007 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro||Russia||Iran||Ukraine|
|2011 Netherlands, Assen, Emmen and Hoogeveen||Russia||Iran||Ukraine|
|2015 England, Burton-upon Trent||Russia||Ukraine||Brazil|
|1984 USA, New York||Belgium||Ireland||Great Britain|
|1998 Korea, Seoul||Netherlands||Belgium||Ireland|
|1992 Spain, Barcelona||Netherlands||Portugal||Ireland|
|1996 USA, Atlanta||Netherlands||Russia||Spain|
|2000 Australia, Sydney||Russia||Ukraine||Brazil|
|2004 Greece, Athens||Ukraine||Brazil||Russia|
|2008 China, Beijing||Ukraine||Russia||Iran|
|2012 United Kingdom, London||Russia||Ukraine||Iran|
|2016 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro||Ukraine||Iran||Brazil|