Seville ready to host 2019 World Cup participantsNews
Upon completion of the 2018 IFCPF regional championships, the entire line-up of the 2019 IFCPF World Cup is known. The sixteen participants of the tournament, which is to be held in Seville, Spain from 2nd till 19th of July, can look forward to a very well organized competition at the grounds of the Seville Football Club. The Spanish Sports Federation For People with Cerebral Palsy and Cerebral Injured (FEDPC) presented the plans for the World Cup at the General Assembly in Amsterdam last November. All matches will be streamed live, the whole tournament is to be largely covered on social media and the players will be playing on the best pitches, both real grass and freshly renovated artificial grass surfaces.
In accordance with the 2019 IFCPF World Cup Qualification criteria, following the conclusion of the 2018 regional championships, the following countries have qualified for a place in the competition.
|Region||Country||Criteria for qualifying||World ranking|
|Russia||2018 European champions||8|
|Ukraine||2018 European runners-up||1|
|Ireland||2018 European 3rd place||6|
|Netherlands||Highest ranked team IFCPF regional ranking Europe, not otherwise qualified*||3|
|England||Highest ranked team IFCPF World ranking, not otherwise qualified*||7|
|Northern Ireland||Highest ranked team IFCPF World ranking, not otherwise qualified*||13|
|Denmark||Highest ranked team IFCPF World ranking, not otherwise qualified*||17|
|Americas||Brazil||2018 Americas champions||2|
|Argentina||2018 Americas runners-up||5|
|United States||2018 Americas 3rd place||4|
|Canada||Highest ranked team IFCPF regional ranking Americas, not otherwise qualified*||11|
|Venezuela||Highest ranked team IFCPF World ranking, not otherwise qualified*||12|
|Asia-Oceania||Iran||2018 Asia-Oceania champions||9|
|Australia||2018 Asia-Oceania runners-up||10|
|Thailand||Highest ranked team IFCPF regional ranking Asia-Oceania, not otherwise qualified*||15|
* Teams have to compete in the 2018 IFCPF Regional Championships to be eligable for the available slot
IFCPF and the LOC will soon contact each of the countries and confirm their entry early in the new year.
The tournament starts on July 2nd with teams arriving in Spain. The 3rd till 5th are reserved for training and classification. The opening match will be played on Saturday July 6. The final matches, including the medal matches, will be played on the 18th.
Venue and accommodation
The 2019 IFCPF World Cup will be held at the Ramon Cisneros venue of Seville Football Club. For the duration of the tournament two natural grass pitches and four artificial grass pitches will be available for both matches and training. The facilities include newly built changing rooms for the players, but also for classification and for the tournament's referees.
The local organizing committee has arranged for two 4-star hotels to accommodate all players, staff and organization. Transport to and from the airport, the venue and hospital is all in place.
A 3x3 CP Football promotion will be held with local associations for people with Cerebral Palsy. The LOC is also organizing a training day for volunteers of the Seville Football Club.
2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru
After completion of the 2018 IFCPF Americas Championships the countries that have qualified for the 2019 Parapan American Games are the following:
|Country||Criteria for qualification||World ranking|
|United States||2017 World Championships, 5th place||4|
|Brazil||2017 World Championships, 7th place||2|
|Argentina||2018 Americas Championships, 2nd place||5|
|Colombia||2018 Americas Championships, 4th place||26|
|Venezuela||2018 Americas Championships, 5th place||12|
The competition will be held from August 21st - September 1st 2019 in Lima, Peru.