CHICAGO (Jan. 17) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team will head to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for a training camp from Jan. 27 until Feb. 3. The team will face Great Britain twice during the camp.
The U.S. Paralympic National Team recently qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London by virtue of finishing in the top seven at the CPISRA 7-a-side World Championships in the Netherlands.
Paralympic soccer is played seven-a-side on a smaller field and with smaller goals than non-disabled soccer. Each team plays with seven men using the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) rules which have been slightly modified to accommodate the disabilities of the athletes.
To be eligible for Paralympic soccer, athletes must be ambulatory and have a diagnosis of non-progressive brain damage that is associated with motor control dysfunction such as Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury or stroke. More information about eligibility and the classification of athletes is available at the CPISRA website.