Yesterday, the IFCPF announced the they had awarded the hosting rights for the IFCPF 2017 CP Football World Championships to San Luis, Argentina. The host committee includes the Argentinian Federation of Sports for People with Cerebral Palsy (FADEPAC), the Argentinian Federation of Cerebral Palsy football (FAFPC) and the Argentinian Paralympic Committee (COPAR). Games will be played at the Provincial Juan Gilberto Funes Stadium.
Argentina has been working to rapidly develop the sport in the country. In the past three years, the sport has grown. Now there are 6 local leagues, 8 development schools, a senior national team, two youth national squads, and they have a national tournament. Hosting the event fits with their broader efforts to continue to develop the sport in the country.
The CP Football World Championships Qualification Tournament is coming up later this year, with 16 teams scheduled to participate. These include Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, South Korea, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela. They will be vying for spots at the World Championship.
The 2017 CP Football World Championships will be the biggest competition in the sport next year. It is the same year that sees the sport submit initial paperwork for reconsideration on the Paralympic program for the 2024 Games.