AFAS was created to develop opportunities, increase inclusivity and improve accessibility to football for people of all ages who have an amputation or congenital limb difference.
Amputees have been pictured kicking footballs whilst on crutches as far back as the early 1900’s in post war Europe, but it was only around the 1980’s when the codified game was first brought to the attention of European nations by the American Don Bennet. America, England, Russia, Brazil and Uzbekistan were among the first nations to adopt the sport and compete internationally. AFAS was set up in 2017 to bring the game to Scotland for the first time.
Today the sport is played by 31 nations from across the world, 20 of which competed at the most recent Amputee Football World Cup.
In February 2015, 12 European nations - including Ireland, Great Britain, Turkey and current world champions Russia, formed the European Amputee Football Federation. The EAFF began hosting a biannual Amputee Football European Championship in 2017. 2021 saw the event hosted in Krakow, Poland, with Turkey winning the tournament. Amputee Football Association Scotland is a member of the EAFF.
The world game is governed by the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) and the Amputee Football World Cup is held every two years. Past winners of the competition include, Brazil, Uzbekistan and Russia.
AFAS is a Game Leader of Scottish Para-Football, the Affiliated National Association and governing body for all Para-Football in Scotland. AFAS operates under the guidance and support of Scottish Para-Football and the SFA. We also work closely with our friends at English Amputee Football Association and Irish Amputee Football Association.
Amputee Football Association Scotland is a member of the European Amputee Football Federation.
meet the team
ceo & co-founder
Ashley has worked for 17 years in PR and media, specialising in sport and third sector media relations and fundraising. When not running AFAS, Ashley heads up Scottish Para-Football, the SFA's Affiliated National Association for Para-Football in Scotland.
Ashley set up AFAS with colleague, friend and life-mentor Paul Kelly in April 2017 in order to bring amputee football to Scotland, having identified an appetite for the sport while working at Finding Your Feet.
Paul Kelly (PK) was manager of Petershill FC in Glasgow and manager of Partick Thistle Community Trust, and played a key role in founding amputee football in Scotland.
PK sadly lost his life to covid-19 in November 2021 but his legacy lives on in the charity and he will never be forgotten for the enormous impact he had on bringing amputee football to Scotland. Paul influenced a huge number of lives in his career and is missed every day.
Iain has been managing AFAS since January 2022. A former amputee football player himself, he represented Scotland against the Netherlands in 2018. Representing his country is nothing new for Iain, who was selected for the GB Paralympic swimming team in Barcelona in 1992. His spectacular career saw him qualify for the individual 100m breast stroke final, winning gold for Great Britain, before scooping silver at Atlanta in '96. He is a former world record holder in 100 and 200m breast stroke and one of the first athletes with a disability to compete with Scotland’s able-bodied swimming team at the Commonwealth Games in 1994.