World Cup Overview

The 2017 FIPFA World Cup in Kissimmee, FL, July 5-9, was a world class competition with thrilling play, heart-rending controversy, and great sportsmanship!

10 countries qualified for the competition and the big target was on TEAM USA, who was going for an unprecedented 3rd consecutive championship.

Captained by 3 time USA team member, Michael Archer and 2 time USA team member, Jordan Dickey, the USA steamrolled through Pool A and finished 4-0, giving up only 1 goal. In Pool B France and England dominated the competition and France finished on top of Pool B by virtue of their 2-1 win over England.

In the semi-finals, France made quick work of Australia while the USA edged England (2-1). This game featured a big controversy over a disallowed England goal which would have tied the game late. The call held up and the finals matchup was USA v France (as it was in World Cup #1 in Tokyo in 2007 which the USA won on sudden death kicks-from-the-mark).

 In the final, the USA came out strong and just missed scoring in the first minute. The French were on their heels throughout the opening 5 minutes but weathered the relentless USA attack and started putting pressure on the USA. That pressure created a French scoring opportunity about 1/2 way through the first half and the French capitalized to take a 1-0 lead. The USA came back on a penalty kick and a set play and went up 2-1, but France got to 2-2 on a brilliant counter-attack. The half ended 2-2. 

In the 2nd half the play was end to end but France dominated possession and neutralized the USA's potent passing game. A late score by the French put them up 3-2 but did not end the drama as the USA pressed the attack. However the French were equal to the defensive challenge and scored another goal on a penalty to win the title 4-2.
 

Written by Jonathan Newman

A Close Up From World Cup

A Close Up From World Cup

I attended the Federation Internationale De Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) World Cup Opening Ceremony on July 5th in Orlando, Florida. Upon entering the venue, I reminisced on my past experiences with power soccer - one being my first day at MK Battery - MedTrade Fall 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, where I was introduced to the sport and was simply AMAZED at the skills of the athletes.

2017 FIPFA World Cup - The Experience of a Lifetime

2017 FIPFA World Cup - The Experience of a Lifetime

In the past 5 years, I have been to many power soccer tournaments but nothing prepared me for what I was about to experience at World Cup 2017. Having never played for my country, I could not imagine the gamut of emotions the athletes felt when putting on their country’s colors and singing their National Anthem at the top of their lungs. Indeed it was a very emotional moment for all the athletes as well as all that were in attendance; present company included. Soon though, there was a transformation from those emotions to focused determination as their game faces appeared; it was time to get to work as there was a job to be done…bringing home the World Cup.

World Cup power soccer champs to play at Georgia World Congress Center

Helena Oliviero - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The World Cup Power Soccer champions of Team USA will play two exhibition games at the Medtrade trade show on Tuesday (Nov 1) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The games will be played at Medtrade, the nation’s premiere trade show dedicated to the home medical equipment (HME) industry. Power Soccer is a competitive team sport developed specifically for power wheelchair users. The game allows athletes with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities to compete at a high level.

“It means so much to play for our country and to wear the red, white and blue,” said Pete Winslow, a 22-year-old Team USA player from Woodbury, Minn in a press release. “This is the highest level of competition for our sport, and I am happy to be a part of something bigger than myself. I also want to make history and to be a part of a team that wins three straight World Cups.”

The first game will take place at 11:00 a.m., and the second at 1:00 p.m. The court of play will be just off the center aisle, adjacent to the 700 Aisle in Building C (Halls 1-3). Members of the public can get a free pass to attend by going to www.medtrade.com/watchTeamUSA. Attendees must bring the pass to the registration counter at Medtrade.

Note: Medtrade policy states that no one under 16 is allowed on the expo floor, however an exception will be made during the two exhibition games. Persons under 16 must remain in the exhibition game area.

About the Game of Power Soccer

Most sports authorities agree that soccer is the world’s most popular sport—whether based on most fans, most participants, or whatever other definition is used to determine popularity. Many games have descended from the sport, and variations have developed from the game. Some were developed out of necessity, while others were modified to cater to people with disabilities.

Powerchair Football (aka Power Soccer) hopes to qualify the sport for inclusion in the Paralympics in the near future. Founded in France in 1978, today the game is played in 27 countries governed by the Fédération Internationale of Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA). Thanks to the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA), the sport became more widespread in the United States in 2006. International World Cup competition began in 2007, with Japan serving as the first host country. France hosted the second World Cup in 2011.

Both World Cups were won by the USA team. Players for Team USA are selected from over 60 club teams currently playing the sport in the United States. USPSA will host the third Powerchair Football World Cup in Kissimmee, Fla, July 5-9, 2017.

The game is usually played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players attack, defend, pass and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in a fast, skilled, and challenging game similar to the able-bodied game.

Learn more about Power Soccer in the USA by visiting www.powersoccerusa.net/ and FIPFA at http://fipfaworldcup.org/

Medtrade is scheduled for Oct 31-Nov 3, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

About Medtrade

Medtrade and Medtrade Spring are the two largest home medical equipment trade events in North America, bringing together manufacturers, providers, and retailers from across the country and around the world. Established in 1979, the shows gather hundreds of HME related brands, thousands of attendees.