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05 Jul 2022 2:04

This is Frame Football


Find out more about this adapted format of the game designed specifically for those who use Kaye Walkers or frames to play football.

Frame football is an adapted format of football designed for players who use a frame or walker. This format is ideally suited to being played indoor on flat smooth surfaces to allow for better movement of the frame. Frame football can be played on grass and artificial surfaces as well. Players can use the front wheels to help control the ball when playing.

Frame players can play in pan-disability and frame specific football. Within this pathway players can take part in casual opportunities and through more formal club and league-based football.

There are two pathways Frame Players can follow to get started within grassroots football: pan-disability football and frame football.

About Frame Football

Who can play Frame Football?

Players with a physical impairment (including but not limited to Cerebral Palsy, Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury) causing an activity limitation, can participate in frame football. The game has been created for those players who require the use and support of a posture walker, cane, or crutches to walk and / or run.

Frame Football Rules

The laws of the game are based on FIFA Futsal Laws, with some key adaptions:

  • 5v5 including GK (minimum 3v3 is permitted)
  • Pitch size 40mx20m 
  • Futsal Goal (3m x 2m)
  • Use of a lighter weight futsal ball 
  • Match length 40 minutes (either two halves of 20 minutes or four quarters of 10 minutes if agreed prior to kick off). 
  • A two-on-one rule is in play where only one player and an opponent are allowed within 3m of the ball when in play (the only exception is the goalkeeper when in their own penalty area)

You can find the full laws of the game HERE.

Player Frames

Players must use a frame. These can be frames which they have been prescribed or they can use Game Frames which are specifically designed for frame football. CP Sport run a Game Frame rental service.

Find out more about the CP Sport Frame Rental service HERE.

Talent & Elite

Frame football is a developing format of the game therefore there is currently no pathway for international football available. The current priority is to grow numbers of players accessing frame football and increase the number of clubs providing opportunities.

National Disability Sports Organisations

The 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 Cerebral Palsy athletes is CP Sport.

The FA works closely with CP Sport to develop more frame football opportunities. The FA funds the National CP Football Development Officer role within CP Sport, who works with the County FA’s to develop new opportunities to play frame specific football.

For more information on the CP Sport Partnership in football please click HERE.

How to get involved in Frame 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.

Casual 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

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.

Squad

Squad provides girls aged 12-14 with a fun, relevant and engaging recreational offer that allows them to develop themselves as much as their football skills in a safe, inclusive environment. To find out more click here.

Just Play

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.

Other disability specific casual opportunities exist across the country for boys aged 5-16 and girls aged 12-16. To find these sessions please use the Find Football tool.

Club Opportunities

Pan Disability Teams

Pan-Disability teams allow players with a broad spectrum of impairments to play together including frame users. 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 is now a network of over 40 localised pan-disability leagues across England.

Frame Football Teams

There are several clubs who have specific frame football teams, providing a fantastic opportunity for players to play and train together on a regular basis. CP Sport are working with County FAs to develop more regional-based opportunities for teams.

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