We work in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport and County FAs to develop CP and Frame Football in England.
We also fund a full-time national CP football development officer, who is employed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to retain and grow participation levels.
Cerebral Palsy Football
Cerebral palsy football is for ambulant players with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. Cerebral palsy football is also sometimes known as CP football or as football seven-a-side.
Classification is based upon what type of movement the individual has and where the impairment is located. At grassroots level in England, players who are eligible are given a classification outcome ranging from FT5 to FT8 where FT8 players are considered to have the more minimal impairment. Internationally, a new classification system was introduced in 2018 and the eligible classification outcomes range from FT1-FT3, where FT1 players are considered to have more significant impairment and FT3 players have minimal impairment.
For more information about classification, click here.
The laws of the game are based on FIFA 11-a-side laws with a number of key adaptions to support people with a physical impairment.
• 7 players on each team, squads of 14
• Smaller pitch (Max: 75mx55m) and smaller goals (5mx2m)
• Shorter games (two halves of 30 minutes)
• No offside rule
• Seven players on each team
• Roll ins permitted as well as traditional throw ins iin order to assist players with hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body)
• Domestically there must be minimum of 2x FT5 or 6 and maximum of 1x FT8 on the pitch whilst internationally this reverts to minimum 2x FT1 and maximum 1x FT3
For the full laws of the game, click here.
Grassroots player pathway & competition structures
The National CP Football League runs monthly fixtures for adults at variety of central venue locations across the country.