Disability football

Disability Football


There has never been a better time to get involved and play football, whatever your ability level. There are now more opportunities than ever to play football if you have a disability.

London FA believes in flexible, inclusive and accessible playing opportunities for everyone, and are committed to delivering a range of opportunities for players with a disability to access football at various levels across the county.

Take a look below to get a better understanding of player pathways, coaching and clubs and leagues.

Football your way 

England Football, The Football Association’s new home for participation and the grassroots game, is launching Football Your Way, a new campaign to help disabled footballers’ return to the sport and reclaim the moments they have missed, as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted across the country. The campaign is funded by Sport England as part of the tackling inequalities funding programme.


Facts and statistics on Disability Sport

Below is a link to some useful statistics on disabled people. They can help you to understand a large proportion of our society, including demographics and impairment types.



Details of the performance pathway for 2017-21 are outlined below.

Disability Talent Pathway

Get In Touch

Aquila Burgess

Football Development Manager

E: aquila.burgess@londonfa.com


Want to play disability football in London? Please have a look at the map below that contains opportunities with the following:

  • Affiliate football clubs
  • Disability football recreational centres

London FA Sanctioned Disability Leagues

The league was formed in 2010 by NHS Mental Health professionals keen to allow their clients to play competitive football against other teams and trusts in London. 

The league obtained FA affiliation and its first season was in 2010/11, which had 10 teams. 

Website: www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/slgfl
League Contact: Trevor Wyer
Email: trevor.wyer@slam.nhs.uk

South London Special League is a unique award-winning registered charity that provides opportunities for disabled people in South London, male and female, to improve their lives through participation in competitive sport on a regular basis.

By achieving this aim, disabled players can increase their opportunities to meet new people, socialise, and gain new experiences.

All of these contribute towards their improved health and well-being, physical fitness, heightened self-esteem, raised aspirations and indeed overall happiness.

The organisation was launched in 2004 to provide a competitive football league for young disabled people and in so doing to break down the social and environmental barriers to inclusion.

This successful formula has been used to open up a wider range of sports to our diverse disabled community of all ages.

Website: https://slsl2013.wordpress.com/
League Contact: Sharon Brokenshire 
Email: specialleague@aol.com

The North London Special League is a partnership between the Camden Sport & Physical Activity service, the All in Islington project and the London FA for the development of disability football in London.

Sessions run on a monthly basis to allow for a greater number of teams and increased level of competition for all teams involved.

The league venue is Market Road Pitches in Islington and games are played on an astro-turf pitch. League days take place on the third or fourth Sunday of every month from 2-4pm.

To enter the league or for more information please email NLSL01@outlook.com

Inclusive league for youth players with a disability at Market Road astro-turf pitches on Saturday mornings, from 10am until midday.

For further information about this recreational league contact Karen Greene via karengreene106@gmail.com or Ben Dorset via NLSL01@outlook.com

The Talent Hub, one of only 13 across the country, supports young footballers who have cerebral palsy, hearing impairments or are partially sighted, providing opportunities to progress from grassroots club football.

It is a joint project between London FA, Surrey FA, Middlesex FA and The FA. 

The Talent Hub will play an instrumental role in guiding the players along a clear pathway, potentially towards the elite England set-up.

The Talent Hub will be split into two age groups, with players from 7-11 years old and 12-16 years old, participating in training sessions, due to take place from October 2017. Based at Hampton School, players will have access to regular sessions throughout the season under the guidance of FA qualified coaches. 

If you or somebody you know would be interested in joining the West London Disability Talent Hub, please contact Jon Whittingham via jon@jwsportsconsultancy.co.uk or call 07928 286 813.


Disability Awareness Training

London FA can run Disability Awareness Training can work with clubs and leagues to create a more inclusive workforce. It brings context to the most common disabilities, provides information on Equality Act 2010 requirements, talks through common scenarios concerning disability in the sport and different adjustments that can be made.

We can offer a bespoke London FA Disability Awareness Training workshop for clubs and leagues to become inclusive and it offers practical advice for clubs and leagues.

Disability football Courses

In the context of The FA’s Long Term Development Model, attendance at a Coaching Disabled Footballers (CDF) Course will enable you to:

  • Apply and extend your existing coaching skills and experience to meet the needs of players with a range of impairments
  • Establish basic communication skills for coaching disabled footballers
  • Use appropriate terminology
  • Identify appropriate safety and medical considerations
  • Ensure that you are working in a safe and enjoyable environment and players are free from poor practice and abuse
  • Plan a wide range of coaching sessions for disabled players
  • Using the Inclusion Spectrum, plan your coaching sessions to include disabled players or provide alternative appropriate opportunities
  • Understand the player pathway available for disabled players including the appropriate structures for competition.

Please note that there are other impairment specific courses available to support the development of disabled players and complement the delivery of the CDF course.

Click here for more information.

The purpose of this course is to provide you with ideas and guidance on how to adapt, where necessary, to include deaf players in your sessions and match situations in your school or club.

Click here for more information.

Good coaching at grassroots level is essential if players are to maximise their full potential. This course aims to provide you with tips and guidance on how to adapt, where necessary, to include players with a visual impairment in coaching sessions at your club or school.

Click here for more information.

Para Talent Hubs in London

The Talent Hub supports young footballers who have cerebral palsy, hearing impairments or are partially sighted, providing opportunities to progress from grassroots club football.

The Talent Hub will play an instrumental role in guiding the players along a clear pathway, potentially towards the elite England set-up.

For more information please contact Jon Whittingham via jon@jwsportsconsultancy.co.uk or Conor Mc Brearty from London FA via conor.mcbrearty@londonfa.com

Dates (sessions all on Mondays):

School Years 3-7: Mar 9/23, Apr 6/27, May 11, Jun 1/15/29
School Years 8-11: Mar 2/16/30, Apr 20, May 4/18, Jun 8/22

Time: 6-7:30pm 

Venue: Park View School, West Green Road, London, N15 3PR (3G pitch)

Dates (sessions all on Fridays):

Mar 6/20, Apr 3/24, May 15/29, Jun 12/26


School Years 3-7: 6-7:30pm
School Years 8-11: 7:30-9pm

Ferndale Community Sports Centre, Nursery Road, Brixton, SW9 8BP (Outdoor hard court)

Dates (sessions all on Sundays):

Mar 8/22, Apr 5/19, May 3/17/31, Jun 14/28


School Years 3-7: 10-11:30am
School Years 8-11: 11:30-1pm

Venue: Barking Abbey School, Longbridge Road, Barking, IG11 8UF (Sports Hall)

Dates (sessions all on Sundays):

Mar 8/29, Apr 19, May 10/31


School Years 3-7: 10-11:30am
School Years 8-11: 12-1:30pm

Hampton School, Hanworth Road, TW12 3HD (Sports Hall)