Soccer (Football 7-a-side)

In the Paralympic Football 7-a-side athletes have cerebral palsy or a similar neurological disorder. There are no off-side rules and matches are 60 minutes (30 per half). There are four classifications and each side must maintain a line-up featuring players with varying levels of impairments.

The rules are the same as those for Olympic football (soccer) with a few modifications:

  • Throw-ins may be made with one hand
  • There are no off-sides
  • The goalkeeper may kick or throw the ball back into play after a maximum of four steps

The sport is governed by the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) and follows the rules of the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA), with some modifications. The Canadian Soccer Association is the National Sport Federation.

There are also opportunities for athletes with a cognitive or intellectual disability as well as those who might be blind or partially sighted.


Saskatchewan Soccer Association
Lara Schroeder, Member Services
150 Nelson Road
Saskatoon, SK S7S 1P5
(306) 975-0870

Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Hayley Wall, Program Development Coordinator
Regina, SK S4R 1X2
(306) 780-9181
Toll Free: 1-888-307-6226
Email: hwall@specialolympics.sk.ca

The Adaptive Sport program is made possible through the financial contributions from the Sask Lotteries; the program is administered through Sask Sport.