Football Tournaments of the Paralympic Games


Olympic style games for athletes with a disability were organized for the first time in Rome in 1960.
The first football tournaments were included in the VII Paralympic Games in 1984. This Paralympic Games were played in two venues New York (USA) and Stoke Mandeville (GBR).

Three different kinds of football games have been included up to now:

  • Five a side: Sport for blind and visually-impaired athletes. This is ruled by "International Blind Sport Federation" (IBSA) and it is played with modified futsal FIFA rules. Teams use one guide, who is positioned off the field, to assist players. The balls have a noise-making device which allows players to locate it by sound. Matches consist of two 25-minute halves, with a ten-minute break at half-time.
  • Seven a side: This sport is an adaption of football association FIFA rules for athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, including stroke and traumatic brain injury. The sport is ruled by "Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association" (CP-ISRA). The field is lower than the football association one. No offside rule is included. There is permission for one-handed throw-ins. Matches consist of two thirty-minute halves, with a fifteen-minute half-time break.
  • Wheelchair: This sports was included once in 1984 with seven a side men. This sport was ruled by "International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation".

  • Medal Winners

    Sport: Five a Side (Blind Futsal).
    
    Year Gold           Silver         Bronze 
    ---- ----           ------         ------ 
    2004 Brazil         Argentina      Spain
    2008 Brazil         China PR       Argentina
    
    Sport: Seven a Side.
    
    Year Gold           Silver         Bronze
    ---- ----           ------         ------
    1984 Belgium        Ireland        Great Britain
    1988 Netherlands    Belgium        Ireland
    1992 Netherlands    Portugal       Ireland
    1996 Netherlands    Russia         Spain
    2000 Russia         Ukraine        Brazil
    2004 Ukraine        Brazil         Russia
    2008 Ukraine        Russia         Iran
    
    Sport: Wheelchair Footbal.
    
    Year Gold           Silver         Bronze
    ---- ----           ------         ------
    1984 USA            Canada         Great Britain
    

    Medals Classification

                          Gold    Silver  Bronze  Total
                          ----    ------  ------  -----
     1.Netherlands          3                       3 
     2.Brazil               2       1       1       4
     3.Ukraine              2       1               3 
     4.Russia               1       2       1       4
     5.Belgium              1       1               2 
     6.USA                  1                       1
     7.Ireland                      1       2       3
     8.Argentina                    1       1       2
     9.Canada                       1               1
       China PR                     1               1
       Portugal                     1               1
    11.Great Britain                        2       2
       Spain                                2       2
    12.Iran                                 1       1
    
    Total                  10      10      10      30

    Five a Side (Blind Futsal)

    XII Paralympic Games - Athens 2004

    Preliminary Rounds
    
    Round 1 [Sep 18]:
    Argentina      2- 1 Greece
    Brazil         4- 0 Korea Republic
    Spain          2- 0 France
    
    Round 2 [Sep 20]:
    Argentina      2- 1 Spain
    Brazil         4- 0 France
    Greece         3- 1 Korea Republic
    
    Round 3 [Sep 22]:
    Argentina      3- 0 Korea Republic
    Brazil         3- 0 Spain
    Greece         2- 2 France
    
    Round 4 [Sep 24]:
    Brazil         2- 0 Argentina
    France         2- 1 Korea Republic
    Spain          0- 0 Greece
    
    Round 5 [Sep 26]:
    Argentina      3- 0 France
    Brazil         1- 0 Greece
    Spain          3- 0 Korea Republic
    
    Table 
    1. Brazil          5  5  0  0 14- 0  15 [Gold Medal Match]
    2. Argentina       5  4  0  1 10- 4  12 [Gold Medal Match]
    3. Spain           5  2  1  2  6- 5   7 [Bronze Medal Match]
    4. Greece          5  1  2  2  6- 6   5 [Bronze Medal Match]
    5. France          5  1  1  3  4-12   4 [Classification 5 / 6]
    6. Korea Republic  5  0  0  5  2-15   0 [Classification 5 / 6]
    
    Final Round
    
    Classification 5/6 [Sep 28]: 
    France         3- 1 Korea Republic
    
    Bronze Medal Match [Sep 28]: 
    Spain          2- 0 Greece
    
    Gold Medal Match [Sep 28]: 
    Brazil         0- 0 Argentina         [aet, pen 3-2] 
    
    Table
    1. Brazil          6  5  1  0 14- 0  16 [Gold Medal]
    2. Argentina       6  4  1  1 10- 4  13 [Silver Medal]
    3. Spain           6  3  1  2  8- 5  10 [Bronze Medal]
    4. Greece          6  1  2  3  6- 8   5
    5. France          6  2  1  3  7-13   7
    6. Korea Republic  6  0  0  6  3-18   0
    

    XIII Paralympic Games - Beijing 2008

    
    Qualification:
    
    ISBA Football 5-a-side Championship: Argentina 
    Host Nation:                         China PR 
    Asian Qualifying Tournament:         Korea Republic 
    Parapan-American Games:              Brazil 
    European Qualifying Tournament:      Great Britain 
                                         Spain 
    
    All matches played at Olympic Green Hockey in Beijing.
    
    Round 1 [Sep 7]:
    Argentina      2- 0 Spain
    China PR       3- 0 Great Britain
    Brazil         3- 0 Korea Republic
    
    Round 2 [Sep 9]:
    Korea Republic 1- 2 Great Britain
    Brazil         1- 0 Spain
    Argentina      0- 1 China PR
    
    Round 3 [Sep 11]:
    Argentina      0- 0 Brazil
    Korea Republic 0- 1 China PR
    Great Britain  1- 3 Spain
    
    Round 4 [Sep 13]:
    China PR       1- 0 Spain
    Great Britain  0- 5 Brazil
    Argentina      2- 0 Korea Republic
    
    Round 5 [Sep 15]:
    Argentina      3- 1 Great Britain
    Spain          2- 2 Korea Republic
    China PR       1- 1 Brazil
    
    1. China PR        5  4  1  0  7- 1  13 [Gold Medal Match]
    2. Brazil          5  3  2  0 10- 1  11 [Gold Medal Match]
    3. Argentina       5  3  1  1  7- 2  10 [Bronze Medal Match]
    4. Spain           5  1  1  3  5- 7   4 [Bronze Medal Match]
    5. Great Britain   5  1  0  4  4-15   3 [Classification 5 / 6]
    6. Korea Republic  5  0  1  4  3-10   1 [Classification 5 / 6]
    
    5th-6th Classfication [Sep 17]:
    Great Britain  1- 1 Korea Republic    [pen 1-0]
     
    Bronze Medal Match [Sep 17]:
    Argentina      1- 1 Spain             [pen 1-0]
    
    Final [Sep 17]:
    China PR       1- 2 Brazil
    
    1. Brazil          6  4  2  0 12- 2  14 [Gold Medal]
    2. China PR        6  4  1  1  8- 3  13 [Silver Medal]
    3. Argentina       6  3  2  1  8- 3  11 [Bronze Medal]
    4. Spain           6  1  2  3  6- 8   5 
    5. Great Britain   6  1  1  4  5-16   4 
    6. Korea Republic  6  0  2  4  4-11   2 
    


    Seven a Side

    VII Paralympic Games - New York 1984

    Preliminary Rounds  
    
    Group A
    
                       BEL  GBR   USA
    1. Belgium          x   3-1  10-0
    2. Great Britain         x    8-0
    3. USA                         x
    
    1. Belgium         2  2  0  0 13- 1   4
    2. Great Britain   2  1  0  1  9- 3   2
    3. USA             2  0  0  2  0-18   0
    
    Group B
    
                       IRL  POR  CAN	
    1. Ireland          x   3-0  7-0
    2. Portugal              x   0-0
    3. Canada                     x
    
    1. Ireland         2  2  0  0 10- 0   4
    2. Portugal        2  0  1  1  0- 3   1
    3. Canada          2  0  1  1  0- 7   1
    
    Final Round
    
    Bronze Medal Match:
    Great Britain  3- 1 Portugal
    
    Gold-Silver Medals Match:
    Belgium        1- 0 Ireland
    
    Table
    1. Belgium         3  3  0  0 14- 2   6 [Gold medal]
    2. Ireland         3  2  0  1 10- 1   4 [Silver medal]
    3. Great Britain   3  2  0  1 12- 4   4 [Bronze medal]
    4. Portugal        3  0  1  2  1- 6   1
    5. Canada          2  0  1  1  0- 7   1
    6. USA             2  0  0  2  0-18   0
    

    VIII Paralympic Games - Seoul 1988

    Final Round 
    
                       NED  BEL  IRL  KOR  AUS
    1. Netherlands      x   4-0  3-0  6-1 18-1
    2. Belgium               x   1-0  4-0  6-1
    3. Ireland                    x   5-0  5-1
    4. Korea Republic                  x   4-0
    5. Australia                            x
    
    1. Netherlands     4  4  0  0 31- 2   8 [Gold medal]
    2. Belgium         4  3  0  1 11- 5   6 [Silver medal]
    3. Ireland         4  2  0  2 10- 5   4 [Bronze medal]
    4. Korea Republic  4  1  0  3  5-15   2
    5. Australia       4  0  0  4  3-33   0
    

    IX Paralympic Games - Barcelona 1992

    Preliminary Rounds 
    
    Group A 
    
                       NED  GBR  BRA  USA
    1. Netherlands      x   7-1  5-0  5-0
    2. Great Britain         x   3-0  8-0
    3. Brazil                     x   1-0
    4. USA                             x
    
    1. Netherlands     3  3  0  0 17- 1   6
    2. Great Britain   3  2  0  1 12- 7   4
    3. Brazil          3  1  0  2  1- 8   2
    4. USA             3  0  0  3  0-14   0
    
    Group B
    
                       POR  IRL  BEL  ESP
    1. Portugal         x   0-0  0-0  3-1
    2. Ireland               x   1-1  2-1
    3. Belgium                    x   1-1
    4. Spain                           x
    
    1. Portugal        3  1  2  0  3- 1   4
    2. Ireland         3  1  2  0  3- 2   4
    3. Belgium         3  0  3  0  2- 2   3
    4. Spain           3  0  1  2  3- 6   1
    
    Final Round 
    
    Semifinals:
    Netherlands    3- 0 Ireland
    Portugal       0- 0 Great Britain     [aet, pen 2-1]
    
    Bronze medal match:
    Ireland        2- 1 Great Britain
    
    Gold-Silver medals match:
    Netherlands    3- 2 Portugal
    
    1. Netherlands     5  5  0  0 23- 3  10 [Gold medal]
    2. Portugal        5  1  3  1  5- 4   5 [Silver medal]
    3. Ireland         5  2  2  1  5- 6   6 [Bronze medal]
    4. Great Britain   5  2  1  2 13- 9   5
    5. Belgium         3  0  3  0  2- 2   3
    6. Brazil          3  1  0  2  1- 8   2
    7. Spain           3  0  1  2  3- 6   1
    8. USA             3  0  0  3  0-14   0
    
    

    X Paralympic Games - Atlanta 1996

    Preliminary Rounds
    
    
    Group A
    
                        NED  ESP  ARG  POR
    1. Netherlands       x   2-1  3-2  2-1
    2. Spain                  x   3-1  2-0
    3. Argentina                   x   5-1
    4. Portugal                         x
    
    1. Netherlands     3  3  0  0  7- 4   6
    2. Spain           3  2  0  1  6- 3   4
    3. Argentina       3  1  0  2  8- 7   2
    4. Portugal        3  0  0  3  2- 9   0
    
    Group B
    
                       RUS  USA  IRL  BRA
    1. Russia           x   5-0  2-0  2-0
    2. USA                   x   3-0  4-1
    3. Ireland                    x   1-0
    4. Brazil                          x
    
    1. Russia          3  3  0  0  9- 0   6
    2. USA             3  2  0  1  7- 6   4
    3. Ireland         3  1  0  2  1- 5   2
    4. Brazil          3  0  0  3  1- 7   0
    
    Final Round
    
    Semifinals:
    Netherlands    4- 1 USA
    Russia         2- 0 Spain
    
    Bronze medal match:
    USA            1- 2 Spain	
    
    Gold-Silver medals match:
    Netherlands    3- 1 Russia
    
    1. Netherlands     5  5  0  0 14- 6  10 [Gold medal]
    2. Russia          5  4  0  1 12- 3   8 [Silver medal]
    3. Spain           5  3  0  2  8- 6   6 [Bronze medal]
    4. USA             5  2  0  3  9-12   4
    5. Argentina       3  1  0  2  8- 7   2
    6. Ireland         3  1  0  2  1- 5   2
    7. Brazil          3  0  0  3  1- 7   0
    8. Portugal        3  0  0  3  2- 9   0
    

    XI Paralympic Games - Sydney 2000

    Preliminary Rounds
    
    Group A
    
                       UKR  POR  ARG  NED
    1. Ukraine          x   3-0  6-2  3-0
    2. Portugal              x   2-0  0-0
    3. Argentina                  x   3-2
    4. Netherlands                     x
    
    1. Ukraine         3  3  0  0 12- 2   9
    2. Portugal        3  1  1  1  2- 3   4
    3. Argentina       3  1  0  2  5-10   3
    4. Netherlands     3  0  1  2  2- 6   1
    
    Group B
    
                      RUS   BRA  ESP  AUS
    1. Russia          x    2-2  3-0  3-0
    2. Brazil                x   1-1  4-0
    3. Spain                      x   1-0
    4. Australia                       x
    
    1. Russia          3  2  1  0  8- 2   7
    2. Brazil          3  1  2  0  7- 3   5
    3. Spain           3  1  1  1  2- 4   4
    4. Australia       3  0  0  3  0- 8   0
    
    Final Round
    
    Classification 7/8:
    Netherlands    1- 2 Australia
    
    Classification 5/6:
    Argentina      5- 2 Spain
    
    Semifinals:
    Ukraine        2- 1 Brazil            [aet]
    Portugal       1- 3 Russia
    
    Bronze medal match:
    Brazil         2- 1 Portugal
    
    Gold-Silver medals match:
    Ukraine        2- 3 Russia
    
    Table
    1. Russia          5  4  1  0 14- 5  13
    2. Ukraine         5  4  0  1 16- 6  12
    3. Brazil          5  2  2  1 10- 6   8
    4. Portugal        5  1  1  3  4- 8   4
    5. Argentina       4  2  0  2 10-12   6
    6. Spain           4  1  1  2  4- 9   4
    7. Australia       4  1  0  3  2- 9   3
    8. Netherlands     4  0  1  3  3- 8   1
    

    XII Paralympics Games - Athens 2004

    Preliminary Rounds
    
    Group A
    
    Round 1 [Sep 19]:
    Argentina      2- 2 Iran
    Ukraine        6- 0 Ireland
    
    Round 2 [Sep 21]:
    Argentina      5- 2 Ireland
    Ukraine        6- 2 Iran
    
    Round 3 [Sep 23]:
    Argentina      2- 2 Ukraine
    Iran           7- 2 Ireland
    
    Table
    1. Ukraine         3  2  1  0 14- 4   7
    2. Argentina       3  1  2  0  9- 6   5
    3. Iran            3  1  1  1 11-10   4
    4. Ireland         3  0  0  3  4-18   0
    
    Group B
    
    Round 1 [Sep 19]:
    Brazil         4- 0 USA
    Russia         7- 1 Netherlands
    
    Round 2 [Sep 21]:
    Brazil         6- 1 Netherlands
    Russia         3- 0 USA
    
    Round 3 [Sep 23]:
    Brazil         2- 1 Russia
    Netherlands    6- 1 USA
    
    Table
    1. Brazil          3  3  0  0 12- 2   9
    2. Russia          3  2  0  1 11- 3   6
    3. Netherlands     3  1  0  2  8-14   3
    4. USA             3  0  0  3  1-13   0
    
    Final Round
    
    Classification 7/8 [Sep 27]:
    Ireland        4- 0 USA
    
    Classification 5/6 [Sep 27]:
    Iran           3- 0 Netherlands
    
    Semifinals [Sep 25]:
    Ukraine        4- 1 Russia
    Brazil         4- 1 Argentina
    
    Bronze Medal [Sep 27]:
    Russia         5- 0 Argentina
    
    Gold-Silver medals [Sep 27]:
    Ukraine        4- 1 Brazil
    
    Table
    1 Ukraine          5  4  1  0 22- 6  13 [Gold Medal]
    2 Brazil           5  4  0  1 17- 7  12 [Silver Medal]
    3 Russia           5  3  0  2 17- 7   9 [Bronze Medal]
    4 Argentina        5  1  2  2 10-15   5
    5 Iran             4  2  1  1 14-10   7
    6 Netherlands      4  1  0  3  8-17   3
    7 Ireland          4  1  0  3  8-18   3
    8 USA              4  0  0  4  1-17   0
    

    XIII Paralympics Games - Beijing 2008

    
    All matches played at Olympic Green Hockey in Beijing.
    
    Group A
    
    Round 1 [Sep 8]:
    Russia         6- 0 China PR
    Brazil         1- 0 Netherlands
    
    Round 2 [Sep 10]:
    Russia        12- 1 Netherlands
    Brazil         8- 0 China PR
     
    Round 3 [Sep 12]:
    Russia         3- 0 Brazil
    Netherlands    8- 1 China PR
    
    1 Russia           3  3  0  0 21- 1   9 [Semi finals]
    2 Brazil           3  2  0  1  9- 3   6 [Semi finals]
    3 Netherlands      3  1  0  2  9-14   3 [Classification 5 / 8]
    4 China PR         3  0  0  3  1-22   0 [Classification 5 / 8]
    
    Group B
    
    Round 1 [Sep 8]:
    Iran           4- 2 Ireland
    Ukraine        8- 1 Great Britain
    
    Round 2 [Sep 10]:
    Iran           3- 0 Great Britain
    Ukraine        7- 0 Ireland
    
    Round 3 [Sep 12]:
    Iran           0- 4 Ukraine
    Great Britain  1- 1 Ireland
    
    1 Ukraine          3  3  0  0 19- 1   9 [Semi finals] 
    2 Iran             3  2  0  1  7- 6   6 [Semi finals]
    3 Ireland          3  0  1  2  3-12   1 [Classification 5 / 8]
    4 Great Britain    3  0  1  2  2-12   1 [Classification 5 / 8]
    
    5th-8th Classification [Sep 14]:
    Netherlands    4- 2 Great Britain
    China PR       1- 4 Ireland
    
    5th-6th Classification [Sep 16]:
    Netherlands    4- 2 Ireland
    
    7th-8th Classification [Sep 16]:
    Great Britain 10- 2 China PR
    
    Semi Finals [Sep 14]:
    Brazil         0- 6 Ukraine
    Russia         5- 0 Iran
    
    Bronze Medal Match [Sep 16]:
    Brazil         0- 4 Iran
    
    Gold Medal Match [Sep 16]:
    Ukraine        2- 1 Russia            [aet]
    
    1 Ukraine          5  5  0  0 27- 2  15 [Gold medal] 
    2 Russia           5  4  0  1 27- 3  12 [Silver medal]
    3 Iran             5  3  0  2 11-11   9 [Bronze medal]
    4 Brazil           5  2  0  3  9-13   6 
    5 Netherlands      5  3  0  2 17-18   9 
    6 Ireland          5  1  1  3  9-17   4 
    7 Great Britain    5  1  1  3 14-18   4 
    8 China PR         5  0  0  5  4-36   0 
     
    

    Wheelchair Seven a Side

    VII Paralympics Games - Stoke Mandeville 1984

    Final Round
    
                      USA  CAN  GBR
    1. USA             x   4:1  6:4
    2. Canada               x   6:1	
    3. Great Britain             x
    
    Table
    1. USA             2  2  0  0 10: 5   4 [Gold medal]
    2. Canada          2  1  0  1  7: 5   2 [Silver medal]
    3. Great Britain   2  0  0  2  5:12   0 [Bronze medal]
    

    About this document

    Sources: [CIHF-], www.paralympic.org, www.reference.com, www.ibsa.es, www.cpisra.org, www.wsw.org.uk, en.paralympic.beijing2008.cn

    Prepared and maintained by Osvaldo Josť Gorgazzi for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

    Author: Osvaldo Josť Gorgazzi
    Last updated: 9 Oct 2008

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