Amputee soccer is an adaptive sport that has continued to grow across continents over the years. It traces its origins to Seattle, Washington, in the 1980s and while very similar to traditional soccer, it varies by being played on a smaller field with 7 people per team. Gemma DiCarlo published a story from Oregon Public Broadcasting on January 6, 2024, about the upcoming clinic.
In September 2023, Katie Bondy made history as part of the first-ever U.S. Women’s National Amputee Soccer team and had the opportunity to compete in Poland. In addition to playing for the team, Katie is a high school science teacher. “Not being the disabled person on the team is great because in amputee soccer, everybody is disabled,” said Katie, who was born with spina bifida and scoliosis. “For me, personally, it’s a great atmosphere to be around.”
This Saturday, January 13, the U.S. Amputee Soccer Association will host a clinic in Portland, Oregon, inviting new players to learn the game and allowing advanced players to further develop their skills. For those who dream of playing at a higher level, it is encouraging to know that both men’s and women’s national teams recruit their players from these clinics.
Marking another milestone for the women’s team in 2024, they are set to compete in Colombia this November at the first-ever Women’s Amputee Soccer World Cup. Katie is preparing herself as she trains to secure a place on the inaugural team. “I’m training every day. I’m working on my crutch skills, my foot skills, my nutrition,” Katie said. “So, you know, here’s hoping.”
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