In 1998 the Cerebral Palsy Australian Sport & Recreation Federation (CPASRF) and Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) decided to form a Cerebral Palsy Football team to compete at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, where they finished 7th in their first major tournament.
In 2005 a historic agreement was made with the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to take control of the National Team with aims to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic in Beijing.
In 2006 Paul Brown was appointed as Head Coach of the team.
On the 12 May the teams will get together for the first time since July 2005 at Narrabeen for a camp. They will be busy preparing for the 2006 FESPIC Games, where it is expected that Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Iran, Australia and China. Iran (World Ranking - 3) and Australia (World Ranking – 10) are the two highest ranked teams for this tournament.
The plan for the next 12 – 18 months consists of training camps, FESPIC Games in Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia and the World Cup (venue to be announced).
The FFA also plans to assist in the development of Cerebral Palsy Football within each state. NSW, QLD and Victoria currently have State Teams. If you are interested in finding out more information on the game within your state please contact the FFA or the APC.
Cerebral Palsy Football is played on a field similar size to a hockey field (75 m x 55 m) and it is 7 a side game. Every player has a classification and these classifications are restricted to one C5/C6 on the field at any time and a maximum of 2 x C8’s on the field. The remaining classifications can consist of additional C5 or C6’s plus C7’s.
Cerebral Palsy Football is played under FIFA rules with a couple of minor changes, which include no offside and the players are permitted to roll the ball instead of throwing the ball in.
Australian Cerebral Palsy Football Team
The Australian CP Football Squad consists of the following players
Name (Class) - State - Debut Year
David Barber (C8) - QLD - 1999Beau Menzies (C7) - QLD - 1999Jeremy Thorpe (C7) - QLD - 1999Miguel Marcelino (C6) - WA - 1999Ben Roche (C7) - VIC - 2003Jason Driscoll (C7) - ACT - 1999Chris Pyne (C7) - NSW - 1999Brett Sharrock (C7) - NSW - 2005Brett Fairhall (C7) - NSW - 2003Brett Cross (C6) - NSW - 2005Jamie Laybutt (C7) - NSW - 2005Pat Grant (C7) - NSW - 1999Sam Larkings (C7) - NSW - 2003Marik Gleizer (C7) - NSW - 2003Chris Restall (C8) - NSWKevin Munday (C6) - NSW
Tournament Played in to date:
1999 Southern Cross Games Gold Medal Winners2000 Friendly Tournament in Ukraine Finished 4th2000 Sydney Paralympics Finished 8th2001 World Cerebral Palsy Games – Nottingham England Finished 5th2002 Friendly Tournament in Russia Finished 5th2003 World Cup – Cerebral Palsy – Argentina Finished 9th2005 World Cerebral Palsy Games – Connecticut USA Finished 10th