Founded in 2009, the Association of Irish Powerchair Football (AIPF) is the governing body for the sport of Powerchair Football in Ireland.
Powerchair Football is a mixed gender team sport played by wheelchair users. The role of the AIPF is to organise social and competitive playing opportunities for players and their families, ensuring that the sport is as accessible as possible for all who want to take part.
Our players are the heart and soul of the sport and their participation and performances match the same levels of sporting excellence of any other athlete or sport. Their experiences of muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia and other conditions bring them together, building community and purpose around a shared love of sport.
Played on an indoor court, similar in size to a basketball court, matches consist of two teams of four players and a ball, replete with skill, strategy, and passion, much like regular football.
Operating under the remit of the international governing body, Federation International Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA), headquartered in Paris, France, the global game is played with standardised rules and adheres to an established constitution. Currently, around two dozen countries have teams involved in the sport.
The Football Association of Ireland has been a long standing partner of Powerchair Football and the AIPF for many years through its ‘Football For All’ program.