England Learning Disabilities team


England Learning Disabilities team

The England Learning Disabilities (LD) team is one of eight disability squads supported by the Football Association. [cite news| last = | first = | coauthors = | title =England Disability Teams| work = | pages = | language = | publisher =The FA| date = | url =http://www.thefa.com/England/DisabledTeams/| accessdate =2008-02-04 ] To qualify for the team, players must have an intellectual disability with an IQ equal to or below 70-75, as determined by the World Health Organisation. The players must also have been in receipt of special education, employment and/or respite care between the ages of 0-18. [cite news| last = | first = | coauthors = | title =England ready for title defence | work = | pages = | language = | publisher =BBC Sport| date = | url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/5293110.stm| accessdate =2008-02-04 (Final two paragraphs).]

The England LD team won the Learning Disabilities World Cup at the INAS FID World Football Championship in 2002, beating Holland 2-1 at the Yokohama Stadium, Japan, in August 2002. [cite news| last =Davies | first =Jeff | coauthors = | title =England LD's are top of the World| work = | pages = | language = | publisher =The FA| date =2002-08-25 | url =http://www.thefa.com/England/DisabledTeams/| accessdate =2008-02-04 ] They reached the final of the Learning Disabilities European Championships in August 2003, when they were beaten 2-1 by Holland in Portugal. [cite news| last =| first =| coauthors = | title =Disappointment for England| work = | pages = | language = | publisher =BBC Sport| date =2003-08-13 | url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/3147297.stm| accessdate =2008-02-04 ] They were crowned world champions at the first Global Games in August 2004, beating Poland 4-1 in the final in Bollnäs, Sweden. [cite news| last =| first =| coauthors = | title =England win Global Games title| work = | pages = | language = | publisher =BBC Sport| date =2004-08-03 | url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/3531712.stm| accessdate =2008-02-04 ] The World Cup holders however crashed out of the quarter finals of the INAS FID World Football Championship in 2006, losing 4-1 to Saudi Arabia in Recklinghausen, Germany. [cite news| last =| first =| coauthors = | title =World Cup defence ends| work = | pages = | language = | publisher =The FA| date =2006-09-11 | url =http://www.thefa.com/England/DisabledTeams/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2006/09/WorldCup_defence_ends.htm| accessdate =2008-02-04 ]

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External links

* [http://www.thefa.com/England/DisabledTeams/ The FA's Official site, Disabled Teams]


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