Wheelchair Football (American)

Wheelchair Football (American)

Wheelchair Football (American)
Boy playing on an American Wheelchair Football Team.
Highest governing body American Association of Adapted Sports Programs
First played Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Contact Contact
Team members 6 or more (6 at a time during game)
Mixed gender Yes
Type Indoor
Equipment Football, manual wheelchair, and power wheelchair

Wheelchair Football is a fast-paced sport that is best played when athletes are in maximum physical condition, and at the top of their game in teamwork, strategy and wheelchair-handling skills for both manual wheelchair and power wheelchair users.[1]


The sport of wheelchair football was developed for interscholastic competition by the American football and the rules are similar as such.


The game of wheelchair football is played on a standard basketball court — 28 meters long by 15 meters wide. The required court markings are a center line and circle, and a key area measuring 8 meters wide by 1.75 meters deep at each end of the court. It can be played either indoors or outside, as long as it meets the standard requirements.[2] All athletes must use either a manual or a power wheelchair when competing in the sport.

Specified rules for manual and power wheelchair users

Players Using Manual Wheelchairs Players Using Powerchair Wheelchairs

Players in manual chairs have successfully tackled an opponent when they tag the opponent with two hands on the body and above the knees.

Players in power chairs will have made a successful tackle when they tag the opponent with one hand on the opponent’s body or chair.

Team rules

A team has six attempts to score once they receive the ball. Teams may pass or “run” the ball into the end zone. Field goals, kick–offs and punts are thrown. A running game clock (no time–outs for incomplete passes, etc.) is used, as well as a play clock. Scoring is the same as in stand–up football, with one exception. A team that passes for the point–after–touchdown (PAT) will receive two points. Field goals are scored when the ball is thrown through the first two vertical uprights that support the hanging basket.[3]

Basic rundown of the sport

Team Number of players Offense Play clock minutes Half time
Varsity teams Six players per side 4 downs to reach 1st marker or score :35-minute play clock Two 30-minute halves running clock
Junior varsity teams Six players per side 4 downs to reach 1st marker or score :45-minute play clock Two 30-minute halves running clock


  1. ^ . Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wheelchair Football: World's Most Inclusive Sport". Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  3. ^ . Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

See also

External links

  • American Association for Adaptive Sports Programs