Amputee football explained
Learn more about amputee football by watching this video
In pan-disability and amputee-specific football, players can play with their prosthesis or without their prosthesis (on crutches).
Mainstream football also allows the use of a prosthesis and we have produced guidelines on Playing Football with a Prosthesis. If players want to use their prosthesis, it needs approving in advance. For details on how to do this, please contact your County FA.
About Amputee Football
Who can play Amputee Football?
In International competitions, outfield players are single-leg amputees (either above or below the knee) and play without prothesis on aluminium wrist crutches. Goalkeepers are single-arm amputees. Domestically, players can choose to play with their prosthesis. Arm amputees can also play outfield.
Amputee Football Rules
• 60m x 40m pitch
• Smaller Goalposts
• 7v7 (maximum squad size of 10)
• Two halves of 25 minutes
• No offside
• Kick-ins replace throw-ins
• No slide tackles
• The goalkeeper must remain in their penalty area
• The goalkeeper must not save the ball with their residual limb – doing so results in a penalty kick
• Outfield players must not touch the ball with their residual limb – doing so results in a direct free-kick
• Players must not strike the ball or any other player with their crutches – doing in so results in a direct free-kick
Talent & Elite
There are opportunities for talented Amputee Players (both male & female) to progress in the England Talent Pathway. For more information on the England Talent Pathway please click here
National Disability Sports OrganisationsThe National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) are a good starting point for many disabled people who want to be more active. They provide advice, support, and opportunities for people of all ages with specific impairments.
The NDSO for amputees is LimbPower. For more information on LimbPower please click here.
Casual Playing Opportunities
Casual playing opportunities exist within the disability pathway to make it easier than ever to get involved. The FA’s National Participation programmes are listed below and are inclusive for disabled people to participate. Disability specific sessions also exist within each of these programmes if a non-disability session is not for you.
Weetabix Wildcats is non-competitive football for girls aged 5-11 who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new amazing friends. To find out more click here.
Comets is a recreational, pan-disability football programme for disabled boys and girls aged between 5 and 11. It provides a safe space for disabled children to play football and offers a new, flexible and inclusive way of playing. It's football that breaks the old rules and replaces them with a brand new one: JUST BE YOU. To find out more, click here.
Squad Girls' Football
Squad Girls' Football provides girls aged 12-14 with the opportunity to play football their way. Sessions focus on having fun, making friends and developing core skills such as leadership and confidence. To find out more click here.
Just Play is for men and women of all abilities aged 16+ that just want to play football. There’s no need to join a team, play in a league or commit to training in all weathers. Just book online and turn up for a kick about. To find out more click here.
Amputee players with a prothesis can (and do) play in mainstream clubs and leagues.
Pan-Disability teams allow players with a broad spectrum of impairments to play together, including Amputee Players, whether that be using a prosthesis or crutches. There are now over 2000 affiliated disability teams within England. These teams provide an environment in which players can play competitively on a regular basis. Pan-Disability Leagues form the foundation of the disability competition structure and there's now a network of over 40 localised pan-disability leagues across England.
The England Amputee Football Association coordinate the England Amputee Football League. This national amputee league consists of two divisions with teams from across the country taking part. For more information on the England Amputee Football League please click here.
How amputee football changed my life
How to get involved in Amputee Football
Click here to access the Find Football tool and answer the questions to narrow down your search requirements so you can discover the most suitable playing opportunities local to you. If you cannot find a suitable playing opportunity or would like to speak to someone, please contact your local County FA or the England Amputee Football Association.
Para Football Performance Pathway
FA Disability Cup - Amputee
England Amputee FA Website
England Amputee FA Website
Playing Football with a Prosthesis
Coaching Disabled Footballers: Courses, CPD and Resources