By Christof Niklaus

There has been some progress made since the last eNews. At YingFeng Sport Park, two pitches have been laid with new Bermuda grass and now will be nurtured until the big kick off of the Deaflympics Football Competitions.

The other two pitches will have new grass laid by March and then, weather permitting; the grass surface will be in top notch for the 24 teams to compete on.

The B1 vacant place has been allocated to Thailand. So the updated Women Football Competition Draw now looks like this:

Official Women Football Competition Draw

Group AGroup B
United StatesThailand
GermanyRussian Federation
DenmarkGreat Britain
South AfricaJapan




The Asia Pacific Deaf Sports Confederation (APDSC) has now confirmed Kazakhstan in 4th qualifying position for the four APDSC places at the Deaflympics Men Football Competition. So the updated Men Football Competition Draw now looks like this:

Official Men Football Competition Draw

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Great BritainGermanyFranceDenmark
IrelandSpainRussian FederationUkraine
CanadaNigeriaSouth AfricaArgentina





The Official Match Ball for the duration of the Summer Deaflympics Football Competition has now been decided and agreed by the Taipei Summer Deaflympics Organising Committee. It will be the NIKE Total 90 OMNI AFC football (Product code SC1426-123).

Yours in football

Christof NIKLAUS
ICSD Technical Director - Football