Team USA to train in New York/NJ for the 2022 Amputee Football World Cup – ReadSector

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Team USA will practice in the New York area this weekend as they wrap up preparations for the World Amputee Football Championship starting later this month in Istanbul, Turkey.

The team will practice Friday at the Sports Domain Academy in Clifton, NJ (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and New York Red Bulls Stadium in Whippany, NJ (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) , and then on Saturday morning will hold an inter-team bout at the RBNY facility. (9-11 am). Team USA will also play a public demonstration game in Times Square at 2:00 p.m. Saturday as part of the U.S. Street Soccer Cup, a series of pop-ups designed to help fight poverty and encourage community development. The training camp in the New York area will be the team’s last training as a full group before the 24-team World Championship, which runs from September 30 to October. 9.

Head coach Dr. Eric Lamberg, Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions at Stony Brook University and President of the American Football Association for the Disabled, said: “Because we are spread across the country, our players usually train in their hometowns. We are very excited about this latest setting and the opportunity to showcase amputees football at the crossroads of the world, Times Square.”

The Americans qualified for the premier global football amputee competition by finishing second at the North and Central America Qualifier in Jalisco, Mexico, in March. The competition, the region’s first qualifying amputee football World Cup, featured national teams from the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti and Mexico. Playing four games in as many days, Team USA posted a 2-1-1 record, trailing only Haiti and ahead of Mexico, which finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup. Team captain Nico Calabria of Boston, Massachusetts was named MVP of the tournament.

Team USA includes players and staff from 10 states, including eight from New York. The team has previously hosted World Championship training camps in Houston and Dallas.

Codified in 1980 by Seattle native Don Bennett, amputee football is played on a ¾-size field with seven players per side. Field players use forearm crutches and can only play the ball with one foot. Goalkeepers protect a 7×16 foot net and can only use one hand. AASA believes that everyone should have access to the game of football. Our mission is to 1) promote, develop and provide access to amputee football for all people living with a limb disability, and 2) develop and train elite amputee football players to represent the United States in international competition.

Sponsors can help send Team USA to Turkey at [email protected] Donations are welcome online.

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AASA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please send sponsorship requests to [email protected] Find out more about us at www.usampsoccer.org.

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