ASD Paralympic Power Soccer

Welcome to the Anchorage School District / Paralympic Sport Alaska Power Soccer page. This is the first and (currently) only after school power soccer team in the state of Alaska. The focus of this team is to develop skills and be able to compete.

 

Dates for the 2018 season is April 16 - May 11. Practices are held Monday - Friday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. This program is open to ASD Students grades 6-12 and are held at Service High School. Click here to visit the Anchorage School District Paralympic Sport Alaska Web Page.


According to the US Congress GAO, "Research shows that as many as 56 percent of individuals with disabilities fail to participate in any physical activity." This partnership between ASD and Challenge Alaska is a direct effort to combat this statistic and to engage kids with physical disabilities in regular activity.


Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in the Anchorage School District in grades 6-12.
  • Be willing to commit to attend practice consistently.
  • Have a desire to develop skills necessary to play wheelchair soccer.
  • Be able to understand, retain and abide by the rules of wheelchair soccer.
  • Be able to manually maneuver either a sport wheelchair (provided) or a power wheelchair (not provided).
  • Be a team player

2018 Season Team Training and Game Dates:

All training and games will take place at the Service High School gymnasium. Click here for an interactive map to Service High.

The 2018 season schedule is:

  • April 16 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 17 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 18 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 19 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 20 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 23 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 24 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 25 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 26 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 27 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • April 30 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 1 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 2 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 3 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 4 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 7 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 8 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 9 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 10 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • May 11 5:00 - 7:00 PM

How To Get PE Credit

Before the season begins, speak with your curriculum principal about applying for "credit by choice." You will complete the necessary paperwork and bring with you the first day of practice. The coaches will let you know how to proceed from there.

 

What Do I Need To Bring?

Bring a water bottle, wear athletic clothing (dress for the sport you're playing) and bring your enthusiasm to learn a challenging fun sport.

 


United States Power Soccer Association Welcomes You

Rick Mercer Report - Rick Plays Powerchair Football


 

Wheelchair Soccer 101

The rules to wheelchair soccer (also called power soccer and power football) are as similar to traditional soccer as possible and are modified only as necessary to accommodate players using wheelchairs. Some of the key differences are:

  • Games are 4 vs. 4 players with one designated goalie.
  • Players may play the ball off of any part of their wheelchair.
  • The wheelchair is considered "part of the player's body" and cannot be charged or rammed (no contact).
  • The guard attached to the front of the chair allows players to control the ball while dribbling down field. The guard also allows players to "kick" the ball to pass or attempt to score.
  • The ball used in Power Soccer is 13" in diameter (vs. the standard size of 8.65 inches).
  • The Power Soccer field is a regulation size basketball court (played indoors in a gym).

Wheelchair Soccer is nationally governed by the USPSA (U.S. Power Soccer Association) and internationally by the FIPFA (Federation International de Power Football Association). Visit the USPSA and FIPFA websites to learn more about rules, history of the sport and international play.

If you are unfamiliar with Wheelchair Soccer, take a moment to watch the video below to see how the game is played.


Videos

Click here to see a news story about a Power Soccer Tournament in Indiana.

Click here to see "Free Wheelin' - A Power Soccer Documentary"

Click here to see a demo from 2011 by the US National Power Soccer Team

Click here to see the Top 10 Goals from the US Power Soccer Association Champions Cup in 2013


Photos - Click to see the full size photo.