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Deaf football in Spain

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Deaf football in Spain
National team(s)Men's deaf national team
Women's deaf national team
National competitions
Deaf World Cup
Football at the Deaflympics
International competitions
Deaf Champions League

Deaf football is played in Spain. The Spanish men's national team have competed internationally, including in the 2012 Deaf World Cup.

Deaf footballers in Spain are eligible for national Elite Athlete with a Disability status. Deaf sportspeople, when counted by regional deaf sports organizations, are not segregated by sport. Spain has a national deaf football championship called Campeonato de España de Fútbol para Sordos.

Spain has also been active in international deaf football club competitions. While Spaniards were not involved in founding the Deaf Champions League in 2008, the Spanish club C.D.S. Castellon won the second edition of the competition, and Spaniards were involved with the competition's governance by 2010. Madrid's C.D.S. Julumaca hosted the 2010 competition.

National teams[edit]

Deaf World Cup[edit]

The Deaf World Cup has been played since 2008. Spain men's national deaf football team competed at the 2012 edition in Ankara, Turkey. Spain did not participate in the women's competition.[1]

Domestic history[edit]

Deaf footballers are eligible for elite athlete with a disability status. On 13 October 2014, eligible sportspeople were able to apply for elite athlete status with Federació d'Esports Adaptats de la Comunitat Valenciana. Doing so made them eligible for grants on the autonomous comunidad level in Valencia and nationally.[2]

National championships[edit]

2013 Campeonato de España de Fútbol para Sordos[edit]

2013 Campeonato de España de Fútbol para Sordos took place in Léganes on May 11 and May 12. Four teams participated, including CD Asorcas de Castellón, CDCS Extremadura, UDS Zaragoza and CDS Huelva.[citation needed]

International club competitions[edit]

Deaf Champions League[edit]

2008 Deaf Champions League[edit]

Competition at the first edition of the 2008 Deaf Champions League got under way in London in August with eight teams participating from six different countries. The competition was won by Denmark's Globen Sports. CDS Jerez was Spain's representative in the international club competition.[citation needed]

2009 Deaf Champions League[edit]

The 2009 was hosted by GSG Stuttgart in Germany. Ten teams went on participate in the second edition of the competition, which was won by Spain's C.D.S. Castellon.[citation needed]

2010 Deaf Champions League[edit]

The 2010 edition had a number of cities interested in hosting the event, including Athens and Madrid. A Deaf Champions League meeting was held in Stuttgart, with Spanish players Juan Carlos Basilio, Sebastian Calderon and Daniel Arroba attending on behalf of their Madrid based club, C.D.S. Julumaca. After making their hosting pitch, they were selected by a 10 - 0 vote.

The third edition of the Deaf Champions League featured eleven teams. St. Johns DFC won the competition. The event did not go as smoothly as the first two editions. While the local organizers were pleased with the event, Executive Committee of DCL were less than thrilled with the organization.[citation needed]


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  1. Atherton, Martin, and Jess MacBeth. “Disability and Football.” Routledge Handbook of Football Studies, edited by John Hughson, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016, pp. 279–292.
  2. “Abierto el plazo para solicitar la condición de Deportista de Élite.” [Open the deadline to apply for the status of Elite Athlete.] Federació d'Esports Adaptats de la Comunitat Valenciana (FESA), Federació d'Esports Adaptats de la Comunitat Valenciana, 13 Oct. 2014, http://www.fesa.es/index.php?op=2&id=487&clave=Abierto-plazo-para-solicitar-condicion-Deportista-Elite#noticias Accessed 3 August 2018.

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