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Ukraine draws Iran, England and Japan in Group A at the 2015 IFCPF World Championships

Two players fight for the ball. Players at training camp. Image credit: Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled.
Pot 1: Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands.  Pot2: Iran, Argentina, Ireland, Scotland. Pot 3: United States, Canada, Australia. Pot 4: Japan, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Venezuela.

The pots for the draw. Image credit: U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team

With the draws having been made for the 2015 IFCPF World Championships earlier today in St Georges Park, England, Ukraine has been put into Group A alongside Iran, England and Japan. The championships are scheduled to get underway on June 13 and run until June 28 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. For the draw, Ukraine was put in Pot 1 with the Russia, Brazil and the Netherlands.

Group A: Ukraine, Iran, England, Japan. Group B: Russia, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Portugal. Group C: Brazil, Scotland, USA, Venezuela. Group D: The Netherlands, ARgentina, Canada, Northern Ireland.

Results of the draw in England. Image credit: U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team

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Group A is probably the competition’s Group of Death. With the most recent world rankings published by the CPISRA in November 2014, Ukraine was ranked second while Iran was ranked fifth, England was ranked tenth and Japan was ranked thirteenth.

 

Iran and Japan both competed at last year’s Asian Para Games, with Iran finishing first and Japan finishing second.  The competition was a qualifier for the World Championships, and third place South Korea and fourth place Singapore did not advance.

 

Ukraine goes to England as reigning Paralympic silver medalists after losing out on gold to Russia in the final in a tightly fought match that ended 1 – 0.  Iran also enters as a reigning Paralympic medalists, with their color being bronze after being Brazil 5 – 0 in the medal match. Competing as Great Britain, the team finished seventh at the 2012 Summer Paralympics after beating the United States 3 – 1 in overtime.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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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