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The United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) governs the sport of power soccer in the United States. The USPSA promotes power soccer on a national and international level through tournament play, referee certification, training and growth. It i... Read more
The United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) governs the sport of power soccer in the United States. The USPSA promotes power soccer on a national and international level through tournament play, referee certification, training and growth. It is the mission and hope of the USPSA that all persons with disabilities who use power wheelchairs will have the opportunity to play and experience power soccer. Power soccer is a team sport that helps build character through teamwork, communication, hard work, perseverance, good sportsmanship. The USPSA is also committed to make power soccer an internationally-recognized sport that will one day be in the Paralympics.
The mission of the Glendale Rough Riders, as part of the USPSA, strives to provide the opportunity to all people with disabilities to engage in the competetive sport, Power Soccer. The Glendale Rough Riders goals include: assisting groups form new teams through advocacy, and promoting local games and players.
Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Athletes' disabilities include quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and many others. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in a skilled and challenging game similar to able-bodied soccer.
The Glendale Rough Riders is a nationally competetive power soccer team located in the Southern California area. They hold weekly practice at Glendale Community College, host games and annual tournaments with their sister team (SoCal Vaqueros), and travel throughout California and Arizona for games. They play at the President's Cup level and travel nationally for annual cup tournaments.
The Rough Riders currently consist of a Player-Coach and four competetive players, as well as two recreational players - seven players, in all.