Disability Football

The West Riding County FA, and its partners are committed to developing opportunities for people with a disability in football. Whether as a player, coach, manager, referee, or administrator we aim to offer support, guidance and opportunities for people with a disability to reach their footballing potential.


Play Ability Counts Football

Playing opportunities for people with disability the West Riding are split into the following categories;-

  • Pan-Disability – Here players from across the disability spectrum play in the same game based on ability level rather that disability / impairment group. For example a player with a Learning Difficulty would play in the same game as a player with a Hearing Impairment providing they were of similar footballing ability.
  • Impairment Specific – In Impairment Specific football a group of players will play with/against others with the same disability/impairment. Examples of this would be Powerchair; Deaf or Blind Football.

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Coach Ability Counts Football

We have an extensive range of courses that are open and accessible to peoples with a disability. All our tutors are trained to deliver to people with a disability and we are able to look to provide additional support where necessary to allow a person with a disability to access our Coach Education Programme.

The Coaching Disabled Footballers Course is a 6 hour workshop aimed at Level 1 and above coaches who are already working with players with a disability or who are looking to gain more knowledge on how to make their sessions more inclusive for people with a disability. 

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Ability Counts Football League

Our Ability Counts League is a Pan-Disability Central Venue League which takes place at different venues across the county throughout the season. Key information on the league is as below;-

  • 36 teams
  • 5 Ability-banded divisions. Leagues 1-4 (adult male), Juniors (Mixed U16)
  • Monthly Fixtures
  • 5v5 Format
  • Played on both Grass and 3G
  • Fixture venues across the county

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Referee Ability Counts Football

As with coaching, we offer a full programme of Basic Referees Courses delivered by tutors who will are able to support candidates with a disability to become qualified referees.

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Volunteering with the Ability Counts Programme

For more information on volunteering in the West Riding Ability Counts Programme contact James Doyle colan.leung@westridingfa.com


For More Information

Contact - Colan Leung
Football Development Officer (Disability)


0113 282 1222 (opt1)