Laws of the Game

Welcome to the Laws of the Game section of the website. Here you can read an overview of the Laws, find out about the Referees and how to become qualified, watch a video about Classification and download a copy of the Full Laws of the Game for Powerchair Football.

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Below is an overview of the Laws of the Game for the sport of Powerchair Football. These Laws are the same as those set by FIPFA, the International Governing body for Powerchair Football.
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The Pitch Dimentions





30m (98-1/2 ft)

25m (82 ft)


18m (59 ft)

14m (46 ft)

The Pitch

The basic size of the pitch that the game will be played on is 28m x 15m (94ft x 50ft). This is a standard size Basketball court.

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Pitch Surface

The surface of the pitch must be hard, smooth, and level for easy maneuverability of the powerchairs. The use of wood or artificial material is recommended.

The Ball

The game is played using a 13" (33 cm) Football.
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Playing Equipment

Any Powerchair can be used to play, but special Sports Powerchairs are recommended for competitive match play. Playing attachments are used to protect the players feet and used for the contact with the ball.
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Number of Players

A team is made up of up to 8 players, with 4 players on the pitch at any time. One of these players must be the goalkeeper. There is unlimited Substitutes.

Match Duration

A match is 40 minutes long. This is played in two 20 minute halves, with a 10 minute break.

Ball In and Out of Play

If a ball leaves the field of play, a Push In (equivalent to a throw in), a Corner or Goal Kick will be awarded.


Tackling is only allowed using Bumper contact. If any other part of the wheelchair is used, a foul and free kick will be awarded. Tackling can only take place between two opposing players. If a second defender becomes involved, a free kick will be awarded.

Penalty Area

Only 2 players from the defending team may enter the penalty area at any one time.


A Goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the Goal line between the two Goalposts.

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