Ireland are set to compete in their first ever Amputee Football World Cup, which is being hosted in Culican, Mexico and kicks-off in just five days time.
The eight day tournament will see Ireland make their debut in the Amputee World Cup. Ireland will be up against 22 other countries, including the current World Champions Uzbechistan. Ireland are set to fly out to Mexico on the 28th of November and play their first game on the 30th.
The Irish amputee side have steadily risen in recognition since their beginnings in 2011 when the IAFA was set up by Simon Baker, Christy McElligott and with support from the FAI’s Football for All National Co-Ordinator Oisin Jordan. Since 2011, the team have competed in England, Poland and even hosted their own international tournament with six countries competing.
The concept of amputee football was first founded in America in the 1970s, with the rules being the same as standard football, however outfield players must have an amputation at, or above the ankle and use crutches to compete, whilst goalkeepers must be amputated at or above the wrist, with the use of prosthesis’s prohibited.
The IAFA have big plans for the future also with a bid to host the 2016 World Cup at the University of Limerick being launched while the association are in Mexico.
We wish Ireland the very best of luck in our country’s very first appearance on the Amputee World Cup stage.
Check out Roy Keane lending his support to the Irish players here:
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena