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Brief History of Power Soccer

Power Soccer is the fastest growing sport for power wheelchair users. The sport was originally developed in France in the early 70’s and was introduced to the United States in the early 80’s. Since then, many countries created their own version of the sport which led to an international meeting in Paris, France 2005. It was the vision of the six countries that attended, to create an international organization and unify the rules for international competition. The international organization, "Federation International de Powerchair Football Association" was born. This development led to the formal organization of the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) in 2006.

Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. These participants include persons with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.

Power Soccer combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to soccer. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four power wheelchair users attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.

Conferences

Every team is placed into one of five conferences. Four of the five conferences (Premier, Champions, Presidents, and Founders) are composed of teams that often travel throughout the year and compete in an annual Conference Cup championship tournament during the summer. The lowest conference (Non-Conference) is composed of teams that do not wish to travel much, and they do not participate in a championship.

Each Conference team is required to play at least 12 games during the season to qualify for their Conference Cup. These tournaments are held between June 1st and July 31st. Tournament sites will be determined each fall for the next summer. Interested host cities should download the Conference Cup Bid Packet (available on the Downloads page) to learn about hosting or to submit a bid for hosting a conference cup.

At the end of the season, teams are promoted and relegated from each conference - much like the divisions in the English Premier League! The bottom two teams of each conference (except for Founders) will be placed in the next lower conference, and the top two teams of each conference (except for Premier) will be advanced to the next conference.