What is CP Football?

Cerebral Palsy Football

Football for athletes with cerebral palsy, or a traumatic brain injury, is an excellent team sport that is enjoyable and can be played as a recreational activity, but still gives athletes the opportunity to play at club, national and international level.


Players can be selected to be part of their national team and compete at the summer Paralympic Games. It a great spectator sport that athletes with Cerebral Palsy get tremendous pleasure from taking part in. 


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What is Cerebral Palsy?

  • “Cerebral” means brain-centred. “Palsy” signifies a lack of muscle control. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is defined as a heath condition affecting movement, muscle tone, reflexes and posture, primarily due to a shortage of oxygen in parts of the brain for a certain period of time at birth or very young age. It may be present from birth or acquired up to the age of three.

This group may also include those who have had a stroke or head injury.

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a form of acquired brain injury which occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object cuts the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.




What are the rules of the game?

Modifications to the rules make the game exciting, giving spectators the opportunity to see the skills and team play of CP Football.

Some of the changes include:

  • Smaller pitch and goal posts
  • No off-side law
  • Throw-ins can be made by rolling the ball into play

Complete rules of CP Football are detailed in the IFCPF Sports Rules Manual. 

Further information on the 'Rules' of CP Football




What is Classification?

On the field of play the teams consist of seven ambulant athletes, with cerebral palsy or a traumatic brain injury, ranging from classes 5 to 8. In total 14 players can be listed on the team list.

Complete Classification rules of CP Football are detailed in our IFCPF Classification Rules

Further information on 'Classification' in CP Football

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What are the benefits of playing CP Football?

  • Improve their health by participating in a regular activity
  • Participate in a team sport with other football players with similar abilities
  • Learn team and individual CP Football skills
  • Future opportunity to compete in a high sport level