Amputee football is a game for amputees and people with limb defects. Players playing in the field, with one leg move on crutches. Goalkeepers with both legs, are playing with one hand/arm.
Amputees have been pictured kicking footballs whilst on crutches as far back as the early 1900’s in post war Europe. It was only around the 1980’s when the codified game was first brought to the attention of European nations by the American Don Bennet.
The Sport began in the late 1980s with 5 team World Cup events. Originally as outdoor 11 v 11 and smaller indoor 7 v 7 formats, with each nation hosting an event on a yearly rotation.
After the establishment of the World Amputee Football Federation governing body in 2002 the game saw steady worldwide growth and increased participation. The World Cup is now hosted every 4 years, attended by up to 26 member countries and solely played in the 7v7 format on a 60x40m pitch.
EAFF was formed in 2015 and growth in European nations has been rapid since. EAFF is continually helping to develop new Member Nations to expand the Amputee football family. This growth is helping to establish new grassroots opportunities across the Federation and has seen both Junior and League provision develop to the point where both European Junior Camps and European Amputee Football Champions League events are held annually.