With amputee football still in its infancy, the rules tend to vary from region to region. Nonetheless, the regulations outlined below come close to being recognised as standard.

General rules

  • An amputee is defined as someone who
    is 'abbreviated' at or near the ankle or wrist .
  • Outfield players may have two hands but
    only one leg, whereas goalkeepers may have two feet but only one hand
  • The game is played with metal crutches and without prostheses, the only exception being that bi-lateral amputees may play with a prosthesis
  • Players may not use crutches to advance, control or block the ball. Such an action will be penalised in the same way as a hand-ball infringement. However, incidental contact between crutch and ball is tolerated
  • Players may not use their residual limbs to voluntarily advance, control or block the ball. Such an action will be penalised in the same way as a hand-ball infringement. However, incidental contact between residual limb and ball is tolerated
  • Shin pads must be worn
  • Use of a crutch against a player will lead to ejection from the game and a penalty kick for the opposing team


The pitch
70 x 60 metres maximum

The goals
2.2 metres maximum (height) x 5 metres maximum (width) x 1 metre (depth)

The ball
FIFA standard

Duration of play
Games consist of two 25-minute halves (variable according to the tournament), with a ten-minute rest period in between

Time-out
Both teams are allowed a two-minute time-out per game

Offside
Offside rules do not apply in amputee football

Number of players
International rules stipulate that a team be made up of six outfield players and a goalkeeper. However, certain tournaments require teams of four outfield players plus goalkeeper, as was the case in Sierra Leone

Goalkeeper
A goalkeeper is not permitted to leave his or her area. Should this occur deliberately, the goalkeeper will be ejected from the game and the opposing team awarded a penalty kick

Substitutions
An unlimited amount of substitutions can be made, at any point during the game