Through its Small Grants Program, the Embassy supported the first power soccer training clinic in Argentina, which was organized by Fundación Powerchair Football Argentina (PCFA) on August 15 – 16. Fundación Powerchair Football Argentina (PCFA) is a local sports and disability NGO that has worked since 2012 to develop the sport of power soccer in Argentina.
Power soccer is a special form of soccer that allows persons with physical disabilities to play soccer using power wheelchairs. Through this program, people with disabilities are more fully able to integrate into the world of sports. As part of the program, four U.S. power soccer experts travelled to Argentina to train Argentine classifiers and referees in the game’s regulations.
In total, 82 professionals from the six different cities where power soccer is played in Argentina, as well as representatives from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, participated in the workshops.
The Clinic culminated in a power soccer game between Argentine participants and an international team made up of players from the United States, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Ambassador Noah Mamet attended the match, which was held at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), and met the U.S. and Argentine participants.