Power soccer isn’t just a game. It’s a way of life. For the coaches, athletes, staff, and volunteers, power soccer builds lifelong relationships while offering opportunities to compete against some of the best teams in the world. If you’re the kind of person that wants to dig deep, fight hard, and prove yourself in the heat of competition, power soccer might just be what you’ve been looking for.
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The USPSA is the governing body for Power soccer in the United States. Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Athletes' disabilities include quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and many others. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in a skilled and challenging game similar to able-bodied soccer. Browse our website for more information about the sport, how to help, and where to find a team in your area!get the whole story
The sport is played in on a standard-sized basketball court. Each team is allowed 4 players on the court at one time, including the goalkeeper. A match consists of two 20-minute periods. Because of the two-dimensional aspect of this game (players are typically unable to kick the ball into the air), artificial space has to be created around the players.
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The defending team is only allowed to have 2 players in their own goal area. If a third player enters the area, the referee may stop the game and award an indirect free kick to the opposing team. In the case of either of these infractions (2-on-1 and 3-in-the-area), the referee may refrain from making the call if the player in question is not affecting the play (similar to the concept of the offside law in able-bodied football).
Additionally, because many of the players do not have the upper body strength to throw the ball with their arms, when the ball leaves the touchline of the field, the players kick the ball back into play. In other words, instead of a "throw-in" from the sideline, powerchair football has a "kick-in"...and because the ball is 'kicked' a goal can be scored directly.
Instead of nets where wheels can easily get caught, power soccer uses just the posts - indicating either side of the goal line.
Only a player and an opponent are allowed within 3 meters of the ball when it is in play. If a teammate of either one comes within the 3 meters the referee may call an infringement and award an indirect free kick. This forces the players to spread the field and prevents clogging up of play, allowing for a greater free flow of play. The only exception to this violation is if one of the 2 teammates is a goalkeeper inside his/her own goal area, then there is no infraction of the laws.
In this case, two members of the red team are within 3 meters of the black team. This would be a foul on the red team and be a set ball for the black.
Just like able-bodied soccer, power soccer has two assistant sideline referees and one center referee. Sideline referee's help the center determine who touched the ball last, as well as setting the ball for players to kick.
Power soccer goalies also wear differentiating clothing or pennies to signify their role. The goalie is the only player on the field who is exempt from the 2-on-1 rule - AS LONG as they remain within their goal box
One of the great things about power soccer is that you can start playing right away with your own wheelchair if you'd like! Most of our athletes however choose to have a sport chair completely separate from their daily life chair. Rear wheel chairs are optimal for this sport as the provide better leverage and spin when kicking the ball. There are several places to find used wheelchairs that can be used for power soccer. For more serious athletes, an investment in a Strikeforce would be an option. This chair was specifically designed for power soccer - by a power soccer athlete. It spins on a dime, reacts without delay and allows players to better reach their full potential.
Since power soccer players can't use their feet to kick the ball, a footguard is attached to the front of the chair. Players then use their chairs to manipulate the ball. Guards have specific specifications in order to keep the game fair, but they can vary in design and materials. For new athletes who want to try it out, we have plastic guards we can attach to just about any chair. These are not recommended for competition play as they break easily and slow the game down, but they're perfect for anyone wanting to give it a go!
Power soccer's ball is 13 inches - which is about double the size of an able-bodied soccer ball. This is mainly done as a safety measurement as smaller balls can easily get stuck under chairs, causing people to run over it and possibly tip. It's also easier visually for players to be able to see.
Within the USPSA, Conference Teams represent the highest level of competitiveness, accomplishment, and responsibility within the organizations. Teams must play a minimum of 12 sanctioned games in the regular season. Learn more.
Outside the conference system, teams can still register to play competitively. Non-Conference Teams have no minimum game requirement for the season, but must play at least 6 matches if they wish to compete at the conference level the next season. Learn more.
For teams and programs that would like to host recreational power soccer matches, but who aren’t interested in playing competitively, the USPSA also offers recreational teams. These teams are a great way to introduce players to the sport. Learn more.
When the headphones are on and the music is loud, Ryan Connolly is preparing for his next power soccer game.
“It clears my head and motivates me, especially since the music I choose means something personal.”
Connolly has been playing power soccer since 2010, and currently plays for the San Jose Steamrollers. The twenty-year-old first heard about the sport through his middle school adapted physical education teacher.
“As a kid, I grew up watching my able-bodied friends play sports.”
After watching for so many years, Connolly really wanted to find a sport he could compete in, and power soccer is just that.
“My favorite part is being able to compete in a sport by myself,” Connolly said.
Connolly loves competing, but one of his favorite memories doesn’t involve competition at all. This past summer Connolly was one of the leaders at the Minnesota Power Soccer Camp.
“I want to be an athlete that young players can look up to and learn from.”
Each player has challenges they must overcome and for Connolly, having Cerebral Palsy makes communicating tough, especially in a sport where communication is key. But like with everything else, he has found ways to get over that obstacle. Even if an athlete cannot speak perfectly, making sounds can alert a teammate their position.
Connolly has big dreams when it comes to power soccer and hopes to one day play for Team USA. Connolly also has had a few role models in the sport all for various reasons.
“I have many role models for different reasons due to their positions and life experiences,” Connolly said. “Pete Winslow for his kicking, Riley Johnson for his dribbling ability and Steve Everett for being such a competitor, as well as a great family man off the court.”
Connolly is currently a student and hopes to become a music producer and a DJ.
(Photo credit: Scot Goodman)
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If you’re new to power soccer and the USPSA, it can feel like a lot to learn. But the best way to get involved is to start by learning what we’re all about. We hope you’ll check out some of our upcoming events to learn more about the sport, and how your skills and talents can fit in with our mission.View all events
Power soccer is a great way for an individual with a disability to join a team sport. It gives a person who wants competitiveness to experience the thrill of partaking in an organized league. Leadership and communication skills also factor in. Ultimately, power soccer makes an athlete otherwise constricted, feel the freedom and independence when they roll on a court...Read more
According to Wayne Merdinger, executive vice president and general manager, MK Battery, the sponsorship arrangement is much more than a financial or business arrangement, and amounts to a “significant emotional commitment that our entire company has embraced.”
Most power soccer athletes are complex rehab users and, as such, MK gel batteries are the predominant power source that they rely upon for their everyday lives. We see this organization as a tremendous opportunity for power wheelchair users to get involved in something that makes them feel good about themselves, and we want to do all we can to increase exposure for the sport and attract more teams and players.