USA v. World 2018 Amp Soccer World Cup Oct. 24 - Nov. 5 - Guadalajara, Mexico

Time Remaining Until the
Amputee Football World Cup!

USA v. England v. Haiti a Great World Cup Warm-Up


Though native Texans Craig Till, #5, and Keeper Travis Oliva, #20, may have been used to Texas weather, organizers made one match a night game - Team USA's first ever - in the name of player safety.

Below: Team USA - Amp Soccer World Cup contenders.

The Woodlands, TX - "Warm-Up" may be an understatement. National teams from the USA, England and Haiti played under the blistering South Texas heat June 1-3 for a for a friendly / developmental tournament as a prelude to the Amputee Soccer World Cup scheduled for 24 October to 5 November, 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Each team played four matches in the round-robin tournament, fielding a mixture of seasoned veterans and developing talent.

Haiti and Team USA met several times over the past year while a strong Team England made its first trip to the US since the 2000 Amp Soccer World Cup. The Brits came to the tournament fresh from a first place finish in a recent tournament with Ireland and Poland.

The tournament, deems a great success by all participants, was presented by the American Amputee Soccer Association, the Lone Star Amputee Football Club and the Houston Dynamo-Dash Training Academy.



The Amputee Soccer World Cup is the Premier event in our sport which is now played in 45 countries around the world.


Team USA Headed to the World Cup!

An American soccer team WILL participate in this year's World Cup - The Amputee Soccer World Cup.

Team USA has qualified for and will participate in the Amputee Soccer World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, 24 October to 5 November, 2018.

The US broke into the top third of all teams in the world in the 2014 World Cup. And we're getting better, winning the Bronze in another recent international competition.

The American Team will be competing against the best teams in the world, including World Champion Russia, World Silver Medalist Angola, European Champion Turkey, as well as other power teams like Brazil, Mexico, England, Poland and Japan.

Most national teams receive support from their governments or their national soccer federations. Team USA is entirely self-funded and pay their own way to training camps and competitions. Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


US Beats Haiti 6-3 in Houston Exhibition


At left: Team Haiti, in white, falls to striker Foday Dumbuya and team Lone Star Houston in a developmental exhibition. Photo courtesy Leslie Plaza Johnson and the Houston Chronicle

Houston, Texas - Led by retired Army Sgt. Robert Ferguson, the Lone Star Houston amputee soccer club defeated a Haitian team 6-3 at the Woodlands, at Lents Family Park, Nov. 25.

The event, sponsored by the MLS Houston Dynamo Dash Youth Training Academy, was billed as an exhibition to give developing players the opportunity to gain experience playing in real-game international environment.

This was the second time the US and Haiti met this year. The first time was when the US and Haitian National Select teams met in Irvine, California. Haiti won that match-up.

Earlier in the week members of Lone Star Houston and the Haitian team scrimmaged with members of the professional FC Dallas club.

For more coverage of the event, please go to the Houston Chronicle

USA - Haiti Meet In Irvine

The national teams from the USA and Haiti met in Irvine, California, at the end of July for a three match mini-tournament. This meet was the first opportunity for many players on both sides of the ball to engage in an international competition. It was designed as a developmental opportunity for new players as well as for international tournament points.

Team Haiti, which placed 7th in the most recent Amputee Soccer World Cup, won the tournament 3-0.

The tournament was hosted by the City of Irvine at the Grand Park recreational complex, with the full, generous support of the Orange County Soccer Club of the USL, the United Soccer League. The Orange County Soccer Club is an affiliate partner of the new Los Angeles Football Club of MLS.


Team USA Honored At Houston-Dallas MLS Match


The US National Amputee Soccer Team (USNAST)was the guest of the Houston Dynamo recently for it's Major league Soccer match with in-state rival Dallas FC. Our team was in Houston for a weekend training camp and open tryouts.
   Shown here are: Back row left-to-right, team Captain Nico Calabria, of Massachusetts; Alvenso Honore, Massachusetts; Foday Dumbuya, Texas; Dan Broome, California; Rich Ramsay, Oregon; and Head Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg, New York.
    Front Row left-to-right: Robert Ferguson,Texas; Ignacio Medrano, California; Jovan Booker, New York; Rafael Perdigão, Massachusetts; and Robert Rodriguez, New York.



Congressional Recognition
Mr. Daniel Espinoza, at right, Military Staffer for US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas 18th, accepts a USNAST team T-shirt from head Coach Dr. Eric Lamberg. Mr. Espinoza also presented Coach Lamberg and Local Organizing Chairman Robert Ferguson with Congressional Certificates of Appreciation for their work in supporting individuals with limb issues.    Photos courtesy of Ellen Wang Photography.


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Amp Soccer Standout Wins
Gold in Paralympic Sled Hockey


Noah Grove, US National Soccer Team AND US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Photo courtesy US Paralympic Committee.

Noah Grove wore #22 as a member of the 2014 US Amputee Soccer World Cup Team.

Now he's wearing #22 as a Gold Medal Winner as part of the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. The USA beat Canada 2-1 in overtime to win USA's third straight Paralympic Gold medal in the extremely demanding sport.

Grove scored two goals and one assist in the the American team's Paralympic effort.

At 18, Noah, of Frederick, MD, is the youngest member of the USA sled hockey squad.

Grove joins Josh Sundquist as a double elite adaptive athlete. Josh competed as a skier at the Torino Paralympics in 2006, and doubled as a member of the US Amputee Soccer World Cup team in 2014.

Watch USA Paralympic Sled Hockey - NBC Stations

Day & Date Match
Saturday, Mar 10 W 10 - 0 vs. Japan Noah's 1st Goal
Sunday,  Mar 11 W 10 - 0 vs. Czech Rep.
Monday,  Mar 12 W  8 - 0 vs. Korea
Wed.,  Mar 14 Semi-Finals
Canada 7 v. 0 Korea
USA 10 v. 1 Italy


Noah goal & assist
Friday,  Mar 16 Bronze Medal Match
Korea 1 v. 0 Italy
  
Sat.  Mar 17 Gold Medal Match USA 2 v. 1 Canada

"There are no words..." - Rachael Saltzman Grove, from her Facebook post.

Congrats to Noah & family, and to Team USA! Well done.



Game Pioneer Kari Young Dennis. Photo by Rick Hofmann

Amp Soccer
Pioneer!

Team USA was treated to a special surprise guest during its recent trip to Southern California.

Multiple World Cup veteran Dan Broome introduced the team to amputee soccer pioneer Ms. Kari Young Dennis, a member of the US World Cup team which played in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1991.

Amputee soccer has been a co-ed game since its very first day.

Team USA 2017 warmly embraced Ms. Dennis as a fellow teammate.


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International News

The European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF) will hold its 2018 Junior Training Camp, in Rome, Italy, 4-8 July. Some 70 juniors (ages 5 - 16) from 10 countries are expected to participate in the 3 days of introduction and training in the great sport of amputee football.

Kenya Forms First-Ever All Women's Amp Soccer Team


Under the leadership of Ms. Charity Kamau, president, the Kenya Amputee Football Federation (KENAFF) has formed the world's first-ever all women's amputee soccer team.

Members of the Nairobi team are, back row. left to right, Cecilia Wangechi, Alice Njeri, Jane Kerubo, Elizabeth Ogonji, Elizabeth Njoki, Beth Wanja, and Coach David Manda.
   Front row, Goalkeeper Jecinta Aluoch.

Ms. President Kamau said her team’s goal is to be able to play other women’s teams in their Own World Cup Competition.

Photo courtesy Kenya Amputee Football Federation

European Championship Shatters
All-Time Attendance Records


Istanbul, Turkey - This game is catching on.

Amputee Soccer has traditionally been played in club and university-sized venues. But the Gold Medal match between Turkey and England in the recent European Championships vaporized all previous attendance marks.

The final match drew so much attention that it had to be moved to the Vodafone Park Stadium in Istanbul. Attendance - standing room only at more than 41,188 fans.

Turkey - 2 England - 1 for the Gold. Poland-Bronze. Spain 4th.

Tournament sponsors were reportedly very happy with the turn-out...

Final European championship results:
1  Turkey
2  England
3  Poland
4  Spain
5  Italy
6  Ireland
7  France
8  Germany
9  Georgia
10 Belgium
11 Greece
12 Russia - Disqualified

Myth Busted! Amp Soccer Kicks Rank with Professionals


Top Shots, from left: Nico Calabria, USA; Jonathan Mendoza, El Salvador; and Diego Pezoa, Argentina.

Culiacan, Mexico - It was "obvious."

The myth - because they play on only one leg, shots from amputee soccer players had to be softer and slower than those of "regular" players. Right?

But those close to the game, especially goalkeepers, know just the opposite was true - that the body mechanics of the amputee player yielded kicks as hard or harder than traditionally configured players.

In the recent Culiacan World Cup the myth was put to the test - and was thoroughly debunked. World Wide.

Now it's a documented fact. Amputee soccer players kicks rank with the professionals'.

World Amputee Football Federation President Richard Hofmann instituted a new "Power Shot" competition in Mexico to test the myth.

Twenty-five of the best players from around the world kicked the ball from the penalty spot during a break from World Cup competition.

Each athlete took three shots. Each kick was measured by a certified, calibrated radar gun provided by the Culiacan Municipal Police. The results were averaged.

The results were shocking to some, expected by others. The amateur, teen and 20-something amputee soccer players kicked the ball 58-59 miles per hour.

According to several Internet sources the average professional kicks the ball at 60 mph.

Myth busted.

But the real heroes of the story are the goalkeepers. They have to stop those professional grade shots with only one arm.

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USA's Hofmann Re-Elected
World Federation President

Rick Hofmann, President of the American Amputee Soccer Association, has been re-elected President of the World Amputee Football (Soccer) Federation (WAFF). The election was held during the recent WAFF Congress of Members in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Amputee soccer is now played in 55 countries around the world.

Also elected to leadership positions were Dr. Jan Gauna, Mexico, as 1st VP; and Mateusz Widlak, Poland, as 2nd VP. The Federation Secretary General and Chief Referee will be up for election in 2018.

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