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World Amputee Football Congress Report

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New technology: For the first time ever, delegates had access to real-time translations of the discussions in progress. Thanks to Fernando Solis, above, and to Claudia Rangel who worked so long and hard translating on our behalf.


Best Congress Ever

With respect to all previous hosts and host cities, the recent Guadalajara Congress has been praised as the best, most productive Congress ever.

A key element in that success was the fact that in earlier Congresses delegates had only a single day to consider all the issues before us.

This time we had four days to address each proposal and to consider their long long-term effects on our sport.      Each delegate demonstrated great thoughtfulness, genuine courtesy and concern for the advancement of our game, making the benefit of the overall Membership their primary concern.

Congress-wideFred SorrelsCeleste Tchima
Ademir CruzNaomiSteve Johnson
IrelandElena BatovskyJorge GaarciaMasayuki Sugino

Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen.

And thank you Dr. Jan Guana, President, and Ms. Noemi Arias Valenci, Secretary General
of the Mexican Federation. And thanks to the your sponsors and government supporters, to the Pulido family and your staff - Rosario Flores, Susana Santillan, Alan Carbajal, Cecilia Romo and Andres Avalos, for your hospitality, your leadership, for your hard work, for your innovations and your thoughtfulness in all things related to the Congress.

We appreciate you.


Special Guest Aimee Poyo
International Paralympic Committee

President Rick Hofmann greets IPC representative Aimee Poyo.

The Congress was honored to welcome Ms. Aimee Poyo, a member of and representing the International Paralympic Committee.  Ms. Poyo led a detailed discussion on the requirements and process of becoming a member of the Paralympic Community and of qualifying for Paralympic status.

Ms. Poyo also acknowledged, praised and encouraged WAFF's inclusion of women in its administration and leadership.

Leadership Elections


Rick Hofmann, President; Jan Gauna, 1st Vice President; Mateusz Widlak, 2nd Vice President.

President Rick Hofmann and Dr. Jan Gauna, Mexico, nominated for 1st Vice President ran opposed. Mateusz Widlak, Poland, and Ademir Cruz, Brazil, were both nominated for 2nd Second Vice President.

Sr. Cruz withdrew his nomination to support Mr. Widlak.   Hofmann, Gauna, and Widlak were then elected to their offices by acclamation.

The offices of Secretary General and Chief Referee will be voted upon in the 2018 Congress.



Juniors training Camp, Dublin, Ireland, June 2016.

Juniors Training Academy Adopted as an Official WAFF Outreach Program

The Juniors Training Academy Program, launched so successfully by Ireland, England and Poland, has been adopted as a WAFF world-wide initiative.

An "Every Child Protected" safety protocol is being formalized to assure that all children will be protected both on and off the training pitch. Those protocols are based on FIFA, UEAF, the Irish FAI and other Child welfare Programs.

Those protocols include verifying that coaches are certified, coaches, staff members and volunteers passing a background check.

A Member's program will be endorsed by WAFF once their policies have been reviewed as proper and sustainable.

The Juniors Program is seen as a great benefit first and foremost to amputee and Les Autres children,and secondarily as verification to government agencies and prospective sponsors that the WAFF and its members are worthy members of the international sport community.

World Cup Actions

The Congress addressed quite a number of important issues ranging from the fundamental character of our sport to World Cup scheduling, Paralympic qualification,Rules of Membership and more. Please read the following carefully so you will be fully aware of all of the changes and refinements affecting our game.

   World Cup Schedule
  Delegates addressed the financial and logistical realities of hosting a World Cup Tournament and reached the following consensus:

The next World Cup is scheduled for 2018. Bid packages are due by the end of January. After that the World Cup will be played every four years, the following World Cup being set for 2022.

Continental championships will also be scheduled for on a four-year cycle, to fall between World Cups. A sample schedule follows:
2017 Continental / Confederation Championships
2018 World Cup Tournament
2019 Regional / Intra-Regional Competitions
2020 Continental / Confederation Championships
2021 Regional / Intra-regional Competitions
2022 World Cup Tournament

Amp Football Founder
Don Bennett Named to
WAFF Hall of Fame

By unanimous vote of the Congress, Mr. Don Bennett, creator of our great game, has become the first person ever to be named to the WAFF Hall of Fame.

Bennett received the honor not only on the basis of his founding of our sport, but also in recognition of his 36-years supporting, developing and promoting amputee football.

Don continues to serve as an Ambassador of the sport, serving in that capacity most recently in Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia.


New Members:
Columbia, Costa Rica & Uruguay

The Congress unanimously accepted three new Members. Columbia, represented by President Wilmer Blanco, at right, was Accepted into full voting Membership.

Costa Rica, represented by Vice president Jhanny Flores, (left) and President Harold Villalobos,is also a full voting member.


Uruguay, accepted as a Provisional Member,was represented by President Elena Batovsky, at right, and her husband Dr. Luis Pacheco.



Key Committees

Another benefit of the longer Congress was that Members of key WAFF Committees had the opportunity to work together face-to-face on key issues affecting the Federation. working committees inluded a truly representative cross-section of EAFF Members:

Athlete Sport Classification System - Paralympic Requirement:
    Jan Gauna, Mexico; Mateusz Widlak, Poland; Harold Villalobos, Costa Rica, and Dr. Luis Pacheco, Uruguay

Sport Development
    Steve Johnson, England; Fred Sorrells, Haiti; Chris Chris McGelligot, Ireland.

Public Relations, Marketing & Sponsorships 
    Rick Hofmann,USA; Simon Baker, Ireland; Jan Gauna, Mexico.

WADA Clean Sport Requirements - Paralympic Requirement
    Each Member should make contact with its own Paralympic Committee for guidance and adoption of its requirements.


Sponsorship Proposal Outlined


Luis Pulido, standing outlines a proposal by Keuka Sporting Goods, to sponsor the WAFF World Cup.


Javier and Luiz Pulido, long-time football leaders in Mexico, and good friends of the WAFF, presented Congress delegates with a proposal to help sponsor the WAFF World Cup tournament in exchange for Members support of its products in their countries.

The basic proposal offered full custom uniform kits, made to each member's specifications; equipment, including top quality balls; and financial support, for Member's promotion of Keuka products.

After hearing delegates responses, Keuka is drafting a formal proposal for further consideration.


Competitions Must Be Sanctioned

Congressional delegates also passed a resolution requiring that all tournaments and competitions, including friendlies, be sanctioned by the Executive or Competitions Committees for the purposes of scheduling, calendar development, media exposure, and International standings.



Russia Wins
Amp Futbol Cup

Poland Silver
England Bronze

Warsaw - 11 Sept 2016 -- The defending Amputee Football World Cup Champion Russia continued its amputee football dominance by winning the 2016 edition of the Amp Futbol Cup this weekend.

This year's tournament featured host Poland, Russia and Italy in Group A; and England, France, and Spain in Group B.

Russia remained undefeated in its four matches, beating Poland 1-0 in overtime in the Gold Medal match.

The match scores are as follows:

Saturday 10 Sept. Group A       Group B
Poland   6   Italy   0   England   1   Spain   0
Italy   1   Russia   5   France   0   England   4
Russia   3   Poland   1   France   0   Spain   1

Sunday 11 Sept. Semi-Final Russia  
1
  Spain  
0
Semi-Final Poland  
5
  England  
2
5th & 6th Place Match    Italy  
3
  France  
0
3th & 4th Place Match England  
0 [4-3]
  Spain  
0
Gold Medal Match Poland  
0
  Russia  
1 [OT]

International Junior Camp a Great Success


The first Junior Amputee Football Training Camp, held recently in Dublin, Ireland, was a great success for all involved.

Children and parents from five European nations took part, learning and most importantly, playing with other kids from other countries who are configured just like themselves.

See the following video reports filed on Facebook by Ireland's RTÃ News (may load slowly), and on Polish Television.


Peterborough United Wins 2016 EAFA National Amputee Football League Championship
Click here for final standings.
 

Los Tigres de la UANL Win
First International Cup - Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica - The power of amputee soccer continues to grow throughout the Americas with both national and leading club teams meeting in late July for Costa Rica's first International Tournament.

National teams from Costa Rica, El Salvador and the USA met with highly skilled city teams from Monterrey, Mexico (Los Tigres); Herediano, Costa Rica; and La Paz, El Salvador.

Los Tigres won it's first match against the El Salvadoran national team 3-0, and never looked back.

In the end, the outstanding team from Monterrey won the Gold Medal.

Marco A. Ibarra Rodriguez was named best goalkeeper of the tournament who allowed only one goal in the tournament.

Alan Matthew Sanchez Velez of Los Tigres was high scorer with with 6. Nico Calabria, USA, was second with 5 goals.

Match scores:

29 July El Salvador  
0
  Los Tigres de M  
3
USA  
3
  Herediano, CR  
0
Costa Rica  
0 (1)
  La Paz, ES  
0 (3)

30 July Semi Final Costa Rica  
0
  La Paz, ES  
1
Semi Final Los Tigres de M  
2
USA  
0

31 July for 5th & 6th Herediano, CR  
0
  El Salvador  
10
for 3rd & 4th USA  
6
  Costa Rica  
0
 
Gold medal Match Los Tigres de M  
4
  La Paz, ES  
1


UEFA Sees "Bright Future" for Amputee Football
Click here for the full article.



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12 Sept 2016