There are two types of football included in the Paralympic Games. 5-a-Side football is open to athletes with a visual impairment, with the possibility of one sighted player as the goalkeeper while 7-a-side football is designed for athletes with cerebral palsy.
Locally the Irish Football Association provides a range of coaching, competitive and representative opportunities for people with disabilities.
Opportunities are available through:
Learning Disability Football
Cerebral Palsy Football
Visually Impaired Football
Participation and league opportunities are available through the IFA county clubs which are open to juniors and seniors with learning, physical or sensory disabilities as well as through the Special Schools programme.
For further information on the IFA programmes or clubs in your area contact:
Alan Crooks, IFA Disability Football Development Manager on 028 9066 9559 email acrooks@IrishFA.com
Deaf football opportunities can also be accessed through Belfast Deaf United who play in the Premier Section of the Down Area Winter League.
To find out more about the club email Thomas Coyle on Thomas.Coyle@delni.gov.uk