What is Frame Football?
Frame Football is an adapted form of football designed for people who use a walker or crutches for their daily mobility to move around and may have restricted mobility. The adapted and inclusive game was designed to enable those children, young people and adult who were previously unable to play football with ambulant or able bodied players and it is a new way to play the beautiful games of football.
Frame Football recognises that frame users, often excluded from playing with their able bodied peers, need their own format for football and now provides a level playing field on which to play football.
Frame Football is based on the 11-a-side game, however with certain modifications to support people with a physical disability. As a developmental game, the pitch can be between 25m and 50m in length, and 16m to 35m in width, but the pitch must be rectangular in shape.
With the spectrum of disability and ability levels, this gives coaches flexibility to support the needs of their players. Games last for two equal periods of 20 minutes, or 4 periods of 10 minutes. This can be shorter for younger players or those with a lower level of mobility.
Frame Football is played in a 5-a-side format. Frame Football goals are slightly smaller at 3.66m wide by 1.8m high. Kick-ins are used in Frame Football to return the ball into play from the side-lines, the same as in the format of Futsal.
Frame contact with the ball is allowed but players are encouraged to use their feet where they can.
Contact between frames is an inevitable part of the game, but should be managed by coaches so that activity remains safe. A guideline of only 1 vs 1 challenges allowed in gameplay supports safety and fair play.
In Frame Football there is no offside rule. Frame Football players will be able to do most of the activities coaches are used to delivering in any other football session, however slight adaptations will help make them more specific to the needs of the players and format of the game they play.
Take into account the age, level of disability, ability and mobility. Players with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities may tire more quickly and so need shorter work intervals with longer rests.
A common sense approach should be taken when grouping players. In line with guidance from the Football Association, a strict age banding of 4 years should be adhered to. This supports inclusion of players within sessions, long term player development and promotes good practice in regards to safety, health and well-being. Operating a 4 year age banding also ensures that activity meets FA guidance and therefore does not invalidate public liability insurance.
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