Yesterday, European Powerchair Football Association – EPFA published the draw for the inaugural EPFA Nations Cup on their Facebook page. The competition being played at the University of Limerick Sports Arena is scheduled to kick off on Thursday and end Sunday. Host Ireland takes on Switzerland on Thursday night at 19:30 local time. Team registration started this morning.
Friday’s matches include Denmark versus France, England versus Belgium, Ireland versus Denmark, Switzerland versus England, France versus Belgium, Denmark versus England, Switzerland versus Belgium, an concludes with Ireland versus France. Saturday’s matches include Denmark versus Belgium, France versus England, Switzerland versus Denmark, Ireland versus England, Switzerland versus France, and group play concludes with Ireland versus Belgium. Semifinal play starts Saturday in the evening, with the first game taking place at 19:00 local time. The final and consolidation final are both scheduled for Sunday afternoon, with the third place match starting at 13:30 and the final starting at 15:00.
The roster for the Irish team competing at the event was finalized in March. The squad includes team captain Aoife McNicholl, Patrick Flanagan, Thomas Donogher, Thomas Winters, Emer O’Sullivan and Neil Sheehan.
The competition is being organized by AIPF and the Football Association of Ireland. 48 players from six countries are scheduled to take part. The top five teams are qualified to participate in the 2015 FIFPA World Cup.
Powerchair football has four players on the field at any time, and each half is twenty-five minutes long.