News: International

April 25th, 2014

From May 2, 2014 through May 4, 2014, Team USA will be competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the I Mundialito de Power Soccer 2014. Please see the competition schedule to the right (based on Rio time), and support Team USA!

The live stream of the competition can be found at this link as well!

http://new.livestream.com/powersoccershop/i-mundialito-de-power-soccer-2014

Rosters and schedules broken down by team can be found at this link.

http://powersoccerusa.net/sites/default/files/Program.pdf

November 4th, 2013

Fast Track to the Championship

by Allen Caldwell

Entering into the final day of competition, the Americans find themselves in the home stretch of the tournament. The only roadblock that stands in the way of Team USA’s journey to the final match is a semifinal showdown against Ireland’s U16 National team. The match started with the U.S. pushing the pedal to the metal on offense. Similar to Ireland’s U18 team, the U16 squad defensive presence was strong causing a few Two on Ones on Team USA. However, as we have seen throughout this tournament, the U.S. passing wreaked havoc on the defense.

As the match continued on, Team USA’s relentlessness on offense produced tons of goal scoring opportunities. These opportunities came in the form of corner kicks, free kicks, and kick-ins that broke down the Irish defense. As a result, the Americans scored eight goals in the first half and five goals in the second half. With a 13-0 victory over the Ireland U16 team, the U.S. cleared its roadblock and find themselves in the Championship.

 

Earning a Spot in the Finals

by Zak Schmoll

The semifinal matchup between the French Selection team and...

November 2nd, 2013

Photo by Tom Dickey

Let the Dominant Times Roll

by Allen Caldwell

As this tournament continues, Team USA’s stranglehold on its opponents continues to strengthen. This dominance was clearly shown in their match against the Ireland U18 National team. The Americans started the match firing on all cylinders on the offensive side of their game. Although Ireland had a great defensive front, the U.S.’s sound passing throughout the match put the Irish defense on their heels. This caused the defense to spread out and created open lanes for Team USA to knock in goals.

It seems that the U.S. has found a formula for success that its opponents cannot seem to solve. This equation consists of great passing, execution of set plays, and an unwavering desire to stick with this plan of attack. The Americans’ passing created mistakes for the Irish that made opportunities for tons of shots on goal and set plays. This produced five U.S. goals in the first half and six goals for America in the second half. The result was an 11-0 victory for Team USA against the U18 Ireland National squad.

 

Another Game, Another Annihilation

by Sifat Baig...

November 1st, 2013

Game One: An American Onslaught in Paris

by Allen Caldwell

Moments before the start of the match between Team USA and the French National team, loud cheers for the U.S. filled the arena. It felt as though it was a home match for the Americans. The U.S. kicked the ball off and started a bit slow and sluggish, trying to get a feel of the French team. After a couple of minutes in the first half, the U.S. was in attack mode offensively and continued to attack throughout the entire match. This intensity caused France to make critical mistakes in and around their defensive box. Having penalties such as Two on Ones and Three in the Box gave the U.S. many goal-scoring opportunities.

From beginning to end, the U.S. dominated the match. Team USA was on their offensive side of the court most of the match. This offensive pressure produced a plethora of shots on goal and set plays.  The accurate passing and wonderful execution of set plays were too much for the French team. This passing created a total five goals (four in the first half and one in the second half). At games end, Team USA defeated Team France by the score of 5-0.

 

Game Two: Steamrolling Ahead

by Sifat Baig

The U.S. team played their second game against Finland. In the first game they beat an...

October 26th, 2013

All the action will be available at http://new.livestream.com/powersoccershop/FIPFA-U-18 with commentary by Tony Jackson and Jerome Durand. It will also be archived if you do not wake up early enough for all the excitement.

Thursday, October 31st
(all times Eastern Daylight Time)

- 4:30am : Vaucresson (FRA) - Ireland U-18
- 5:30am : United States of America - France
- 6:30am : Finland - Ireland U-16

- 8:30am : France - Vaucresson (FRA)
- 9:30am : Ireland U-16 - Ireland U-18
- 10:30am : Finland - United States of America
- 11:30am : Vaucresson (FRA) - Ireland U-16

Friday, November 1st

- 4:30am : France - Finland
- 5:30am : Ireland U-18 - United States of America
- 6:30am : Finland - Vaucresson (FRA)

- 8:30am : United States of America - Ireland U-16
- 9:30am : Ireland U-18 - France
- 10:30am : Vaucresson (FRA) - United States of America
- 11:30am : Finland - Ireland U-18
- 12:30pm : Ireland U-16 - France

Sunday, November 3rd

- 3:30am : Semi Final 1 (1 vs 4)...

October 8th, 2013

On Thursday, October 31, the first ever U18 international power soccer tournament, the EDF-US Metro Trophy, will kick off in Paris, France with a four-team field. Our own Team USA is comprised of players from across the country and will challenge opponents from France, Finland and Ireland.

Led by two-time World Cup winning head coach Chris Finn and assistant coach Bill Cain, the roster is as follows:

Jake Bath (BORP Crushers, California)
Zach Dickey (RHI Sudden Impact, Indiana)
Lexi Heer (RHI Indy Cruisers, Indiana)
Riley Johnson (Minnesota Magic, Minnesota)
Tyler King (DASA Dynamites, Missouri)
Michael Rodriguez (RHI Indy Cruisers, Indiana)

Please support our team as they prepare for this competition, and if you want to know a little bit more about each of our athletes, head over to our sister site to keep up with their progress!

November 19th, 2012
Chris Mulholland

Two US Power Soccer Association (USPSA) referees participated in a 3-day clinic (16-18 November) for Associação Brasileira de Futebol em Cadeira de Rodas (ABFC) power soccer players, coaches, classifiers, and referees.  Mark Jones and Chris Mulholland taught and certified a group of 14 Brasilians and one Argentinian as entry-level national referees.  The clinic was conducted by the Fédération International de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) and the Powerchair Football Confederation of the Americas (PFCA). 

After two days of classroom instruction and practical work on the court, the referees were then put to the test when they officiated the "1º Campeonato Brasileiro de Power Soccer", or First Brasilian Power Soccer Championships.

Four teams competed for the right to be called "Campeonato Brasileiro": two squads from the "4-Por-4" (4-By-4 or 4x4) team out of Curitiba, a city in southern Brasil, and two teams from Rio de Janeiro called Novo Ser and Arouca.  The Brasilian Championships consisted of two qualifying matches followed by the bronze and then the gold medal matches. 

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May 10th, 2012
FIPFA

Join young players from around the world for a week of Power Soccer in Portugal!

Dates: October 28th - November 3rd, 2012
Location: Coimbra, Portugal

For the first time in its history the Federation International of Powerchair Football Association, invites young players from around the world to be part of an amazing journey. Athletes between the ages of 9 and 16 years, from any FIPFA member country, may apply to attend the first international training event. This inaugural event is sponsored by EDF, and hosted by the Fernando Foundation, longtime partners of FIPFA.

The goal is to create an opportunity for young players to live an amazing experience where they will meet players from other parts of the world. This event is a perfect mix between training for skills improvement and a global social experience. The young players will be put the through their paces and benefit from advanced training from experienced coaches.

The visiting young athletes will also be immersed in another culture and meet players from around the world who share the same passion for Powerchair Football.

Such an event is a fantastic and unique opportunity for our young players and their entourage to take part in an amazing journey.

Download the information...

January 31st, 2012
Jo-ann Arvey, AQSPC

The « Association québécoise de sport pour paralytiques cérébraux (AQSPC) » is the sport federation mandated by the government to support the development of Powerchair Football in Quebec. Also, AQSPC is implicated with Powerchair Football Canada (member of FIPFA) to support the expansion of this young sporting discipline in Canada and around the world.

As mentioned in Paris (2011 World Cup), we would like to invite you to participate to our 2012 Powerchair Football “International Invitation” Competition. This event, focused on participation, will be held in Longueuil (suburban of Montreal) in Quebec (Canada), from April 27th to April 29th, 2012. Through this event, we wish to offer the players and the volunteers that surround them the occasion to compete with foreign athletes, to learn from others, to improve their skills and most of all, to meet with people sharing a common passion!

This rendezvous will take place within the Defi Sportif. This exceptional sporting event (competition and recreation) takes place on one week and gather a dozen sports, about 20 countries and thousands of athletes. For almost 30 years, the Défi Sportif insure the management of the overall activities logistic that take place within its program schedule (competition site, transportation on all sites, food and lodging,...

January 24th, 2012
Sports 'N' Spokes Magazine