With the draws having been made for the 2015 IFCPF World Championships earlier today in St Georges Park, England, the United States have been put into Group C alongside Brazil, Scotland and Venezuela. The championships are scheduled to get underway on June 13 and run until June 28 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.
United States Head Coach Stuart Sharp was in attendance for the draw. The United States was put in Pot 3 for the draw, alongside host England, Canada and Australia. The United States roster for the 2015 IFCPF World Championships is still not finalized, with the team having open tryouts.
The United States comes into the tournament having finished third at the Americas Cup last year. Brazil, who is has been drawn into their group, finished first while Venezuela finished fifth. Outside their group, Argentina finished second, Canada fourth and Mexico sixth. The World Rankings list has not been updated since November 2014. At that time, the United States was ranked ninth, while Scotland was ranked seventh, Brazil was ranked third and Venezuela was ranked seventeenth.
Following the World Championships, the United States has the Para Panamerican Games coming up in August in Toronto, Canada.
The sport of 7-a-side football is still reeling a bit from its removal from the 2020 Summer Paralympics program, and there has been little news to explain the IPC accusations that the participation numbers were low and that potentially, the sport’s governing body misrepresented the global presence of the game.