April Clinic Set for New Charlotte, NC Team
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USA's Hofmann Named President
of World Amputee Soccer
The national delegates attending this year's Congress of Members in Kaliningrad, Russia, named new officers to lead the World Amputee Football Federation. The WAFF is the international governing body for amputee soccer.
The 30 member Federation elected the following officers in its bi-annual meeting held concurrent with the Sport's World Cup Tournament. Chosen to lead were: left to right, Mr. Gholamhossein Ghani - I.R. Iran, 1st Vice President; Mr. Rick Hofmann - USA, President of the WAFF; Mr. Masayuki Sugino - Japan, 2nd VP.
The newly elected officers will serve for a term of four years.
Regional Team Forms on Long Island
A new amputee soccer team is forming on Long Island, New York.
The new team is the result of an introductory clinic organized by Dr. Eric Lamberg, a professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Stony Brook University.
The event was sponsored by Coastal Sports in Hauppauge, Long Island, and area prosthetists.
The clinic was also supported by Stonybrook PT students and members of the NASL New York Cosmos professional soccer team.
New amputee players came to the clinic from throughout Long Island, Metro New York and Connecticut.
US National Team Head Coach Roy Howell and National Team members Keith Mann and Henry Sunday led the team through basic ball handling skills and a scrimmage.
Some of the attendees had played soccer before, some had not. But all were enthusiastic about the game.
Recent amputee Satish Rampersad said he'd never heard of amputee soccer before but was ready to start training to become part of a competitive team.
Long Islander Todd Leighley was also ready to play. "It's great for an amputee to have a sport that will let you work up a sweat."
Two Cosmos players, Dane Murphy and Hunter Freeman, took to the pitch - on forearm crutches - to get a feel, and a respect for the way we play the game.
"It's hard," Murphy said. 'The amp soccer players make it look easy, but it's much harder than it looks. I'm going to be sore all over."
For more information on joining, supporting or sponsoring the new team contact Eric Lamberg at (631) 444 - 3058, or Contact Us
US / World Headlines
Chicago - The Board of Directors of the US Soccer Federation has unanimously approved the American Amputee Soccer Association as a provisional member.
Provisional Membership to
American Amputee Soccer
The next step, as detailed in the USSF's notification letter, is that our application and the Board's approval, will be submitted to the full National Council of US Soccer next June. Full membership is conferred by the National Council by majority vote.
The US Soccer Federation is the ruling body for the sport of soccer in the United States.