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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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Welcome to the United States Power Soccer Association

The United States Power Soccer Association is the governing body of the first competitive team sport designed for power wheelchair users. 

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!

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the equipment & pitch

Sport ChairGuard13" Soccer Ball
Power Soccer Court

WHAT EXACTLY IS POWER SOCCER?

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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Want to learn even more about where power soccer came from? Check out its history!

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3-in-the-area

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.

goal posts

Instead of nets where wheels can easily get caught, power soccer uses just the posts - indicating either side of the goal line.

2 on 1 rule

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.

head and assistant referees

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.

the goalie

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

sport chair

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.

guards

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!

soccer ball

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.

leagues & Teams

Conference Teams

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.

Non-Conference Teams

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.

Recreational Teams

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.

Atlanta Sting
BORP
Boston Breakers
Brooks Barracudas
Circle City Rollers
CNY United
Tampa Bay Crossfire
Turnstone Flyers
ASPO
Houston Fireballs

Spotlight on: Andrew & Troy Chauppetta

Just south of Boston, in the small city of Brockton, Massachusetts, there was the usual sibling rivalry. That was ten years ago, and nothing about the two were ordinary. You see they both used wheelchairs and they were testy with each other. Almost forgot to mention that they are twins! Andrew and Troy Chauppetta needed to join an activity where they could put their competitive nature to good use.

So, in 2009, the Chauppetta twins searched online for a sport they could partake in. It just so happened they came upon the fastest growing sport among disabled athletes: power soccer. The duo went to the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children (formerly Massachusetts Hospital School) in Canton, MA to see the sport. “At that moment l fell in love with power soccer,” said Andrew.

Their time playing power soccer has been great. The Chauppettas currently play for the PRHC Chariots, out of Canton. The twins helped their team win the 2016 Presidents Cup in Indiana and they took third place a year later. The 2016 season was special to them. Andrew recalled it was an “awesome time because I finally had a chance to have feelings of winning a championship in sports.”

Despite good results, those tournaments did not turn them into the players they are now. During their first national tournament in Minnesota in 2013, Andrew and Troy argued with each other on the court. Troy laughs about that moment and figured out that “to become better players, we have to play as a team.”

The brothers have a defensive posture out on the court. Although Andrew enjoys playing goalie more, Troy is not afraid to put some balls through the goal. He looks for the opponent’s weakness and to capitalize on opportunities given to him.

There is at least one fact that these twins agree on. Their favorite place to travel is Fort Wayne, Indiana since the conference cups are often held there. “It feels good playing on the court with my other teammates and my twin brother who always knows what I’m going to do and that gives us the advantage playing other teams,” exclaimed Andrew. Troy concurred: “It’s awesome playing with my teammates out on the court.”

When not cruising on the courts, Andrew and Troy like to do things together. The pair own a t-shirt company, called Twinteeshirts. Besides from running Twinteeshirts, Andrew works as a web designer and Troy works for the Wheelchair Strong Foundation. The Chauppettas both like basketball, baseball, and football.

They both have lofty goals for their power soccer careers, and not surprisingly, they are the same. “My ultimate goal {while} playing power soccer is to play for Team USA and go to the World Cup,” Troy said. His sibling agreed, but added that he wanted “to be one of the best goalkeepers in power soccer.”

In the meantime, the 22-year-olds will compete for the Champions Cup at the end of June. Andrew and Troy have learned a lot in recent years and hope to be crowned once again. Hopefully, that brotherly support will shine in Fort Wayne.

“I don’t let my disability get in my way. I’m wheelchair strong,” concluded Troy.

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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.

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