Wheelchair Football is a full contact sport that is played by both men and women who suffer from a permanent disability affecting at least one extremity, predominantly on the lower body. Wheelchair Football is a sport that has been played for over 20 years across the US, with a recent inception of the newest organized form of the sport- the USA Wheelchair Football League (USAWFL).
Wheelchair Football is extremely similar to able-bodied football, with a few essential rule changes to protect player's safety. The playing field is 60 yards in length by 22 yards wide, with 8 yard end zones.
The sport is played with 7 players on each side of the ball, with all offensive players being eligible receivers. Even though this sport is full contact, there are still restrictions on how both defensive and offensive players can utilize their bodies and chairs to influence their opponent.
The USAWFL was established in 2019 through a Salute to Service Foundation Grant from the NFL and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. During the inaurural 2021 season, Kansas City had the best overall regular season record at 10-2 and finished as the runner-up in the championship tournament. During the 2022 season, there will be tournaments played in Chicago, Tampa Bay, and Salt Lake City.
For any additional information, please visit the league's information page at usawfl.org.
2021 KC Chiefs Wheelchair Football Team celebrating after a big win and a 5-0 record at the Phoenix, AZ tournament.