United States men's Paralympic soccer team

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United States men's Paralympic soccer team
Founded 1913
FIFA affiliation 1914
CONCACAF affiliation 1961
President Sunil Gulati

The United States men's Paralympic soccer team is operated by the United States Soccer Federation. The team recently finished playing in the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, held in London, United Kingdom. Their coach is Jay Hoffman, former head coach of the United Soccer Leagues Virginia Beach Mariners. Comedian Josh Blue is a former player.

The team plays Football 7-a-side, and players must be significantly affected by cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury. "Football 7-a-side" is the standard term for the game informally known as "C.P. Football," and international tournaments are hosted by the International Paralympic Committee, FIFA, or CP-ISRA. Although each player suffers from a neurological disorder, most display no cognitive or intellectual disability. Team selection and tournaments are competitive, and tend to be run like professional sport organizations. The USA team trains at the Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, California, and the Home Depot Center at Carson, California.


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