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Virginia Power Soccer Association (VPSA) was established in 2005 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to develop, support, encourage, and foster the participation of Virginia’s power wheelchair athletes in the competitive sport of power soccer at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
Donate today to VPSA via Paypal. VPSA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization organized in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 100% of VPSA donations are dedicated to supporting power soccer athletes in the state of Virginia. VPSA is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under US law as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, dedicated to charitable and educational services for Virginia residents who use powered wheelchairs. VPSA’s IRS identification number is 16-1739479.
VPSA is a member of the US Power Soccer Association (USPSA) and the Federation International Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA).
Coaches- Matt Trail, Stephen Belechak
Players- Samuel Sawyer, PJ Shaw, Connor Hurst, Nikki Dwyer, Hannah Trail, Kevin Mulholland
LAST TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Dec 10-11 2022- Tidewater Piranhas travel to Jacksonville, FL for the first power soccer tournament since the Conference Cup! Playing 4 games and leaving with a 3W-1L record.
3-2 Loss Brooks Barracudas
1-0 Win Shepard Strikers
1-0 Win Tampa Thunder
2-0 Win Sting Academy
What is Power Soccer?
Power Soccer is a most exciting new and dynamic development for power wheelchair users. The competitive sport has been played around the world in various forms for decades, beginning in the 70's in France. Canada and the USA soon followed in the 80's. In 2006, power soccer rules became standardized around the world and the international governing body, the Federation International Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) was formally established. Now the sport is here in Virginia. Teams have been formed in 24 other states across the US and in 28 other countries. The game is played on a regulation basketball court, occasionally outdoors. Two teams of 4 attack, defend, and maneuver an oversized soccer ball in an attempt to score goals. The game is full of non-stop action similar to an indoor soccer game. Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. This action packed team sport combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game. Participants include people with quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, and other disabilities. The will to win, the competitive challenge, teamwork, and the total competitive spirit of the athlete are in no way limited or diminished because of their use of a wheelchair. As in all sports - win, lose, or draw - the thrill and joy is in playing the game.
What do I need to get in the game?
Every power soccer athlete is equipped with a soccer guard that surrounds and protects the legs. Athletes also use the guard as a means for maneuvering the ball. Additionally, each athlete is expected to have an adequate level of control of their power wheelchair. This is required to assure safe play and navigation during the fast-paced action of a power soccer game.
How can a business or organization help Virginia Power Soccer?
To play power soccer, our association needs indoor regulation-sized full-length basketball courts to host practices and games. This, along with the need for protective custom soccer guards, team jerseys, special oversized soccer balls, and occasional wheelchair maintenance, make Power Soccer an expensive sport. If your organization can donate time for a basketball court or funds for soccer equipment, this can help our soccer league provide the excitement and energy of soccer to power wheelchair users in Virginia. Just as important, our association desires to send teams to regional and national tournaments. There is a greater expense when attempting to travel in a power wheelchair, any donations will be greatly appreciated. Please contact us today if you would like to become an Athlete sponsor or volunteer!
2021-2022 Piranhas Silver Medalist Presidents Cup
Pit Crew- Mike Sawyer Coaches- Matt Trail, Stephen Belechak
Players- Chris Mulholland, Hannah Trail, Amy McKee, Nikki Dwyer, Kevin Mulholland, PJ Shaw, Samuel Sawyer,