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San Luis, Argentina awarded IFCPF 2017 CP Football World Championships

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2529 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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