Virginia Power Soccer Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to develop, support, encourage, and foster the participation of
The goals of VPSA are to:
a. Promote all power soccer activities in the state of
b. Sponsor, assist, and develop Power Soccer teams in the state of
c. Provide a network of information and support for power soccer players, coaches, referees, team officials, and spectators in the state of Virginia.
d. Endorse, educate, and support the laws, regulations, rules of the game, and safety standards in the sport of power soccer.
e. Encourage a sense of fair play, team work, and sportsmanship amongst all participants of the game.
f. Provide for the continuing development of power soccer players, coaches, referees, and team officials.
g. Elevate the athletic and physical fitness standards of power wheelchair users.
h. Publicize the sport of power soccer and raise the community’s appreciation for all power wheelchair athletes in general.
i. Govern, coordinate, and administer the sport of power soccer in
j. Sponsor and act as an advocate for power wheelchair users.
k. Serve as the
l. Engage in any other lawful activity which supports its primary mission.
Kevin Mulholland recently returned from playing with the US National Power Soccer team in Rio de Janeiro. He scored 7 goals and the team won first place and gold medals. Read about it here: http://www.freewebs.com/vapowersoccer/VA player returns from Rio with Gold.pdf
Scott Cash of WVEC also interviewed Kevin and you can view the video here: http://www.wvec.com/video/featured-videos/Chesapeake-athlete-stars-in-power-soccer-260476591.html
Ryan Jeffress, #22 of the Tidewater Piranhas, went to the Lord on 27 November 2013. You can read about him here http://www.freewebs.com/vapowersoccer/Ryan Jeffress 1993 2013.pdf.
Check out the video presenatation about the Tidewater Piranhas on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al7Jp7I1I9M
Please welcome Larry Daigre, Joseph Freye, and Melody "Mel" Nelson all from Norfolk! We will post photos as soon as possible!
24 February 2012
The Piranhas showed up to the Hampton Roads Sports Festival and Expo on 18 February and gave a demonstration of power soccer to a group of soccer fans. All of them were astounded at the speed and skills of the players. A bunch of younger players tried heading our size 10 ball and all agreed that "it hurts!" ;-)
Here's a photo of our players with some of the 3D Soccer staff:
Players: (lt to rt) Kevin Mulholland, John Rosser, Marcus Smith, and Sammy Sawyer
Back row: Coach Steve Belechak and 3D Sports' Kelly Wilson (2nd and 3rd from left)
Here's information about the HR Sports Fest: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/sports-fest-features-brains-beauty-sweat-tears
2 January 2012
Due to some personnel changes, the team is taking a hiatus from playing this season. We are also working on a new practice and game facility and hope to have good news fairly soon. Meanwhile, we will continue staying in the public eye and raising funds to pay for travel, uniforms, and new equipment.
Stay tuned here for further updates!!!
This time, Jackie is in the Virginia Pilot! Click here.
Jackie Richard's inspiring story of perseverance! Click here.
Added 22 July 2010.
The Tidewater Piranhas were featured on the Hampton Roads Show, “What’s Your Problem?” segment on 14 April 2010. Here’s the link to view the video:
18 June 2009
Read the press release about our clinic in Washington DC here.
VPSA on Washington DC News! View the TV news story about our clinic in Washington DC with DC United players by clicking here.
And here's the link http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/052109_power_soccer_in_dc
HEADING TO ATLANTA FOR EAST COAST REGIONALS!
Matches will be played from Friday, 6 March, to Sunday, 8 March. We are bringing 2 teams of "fish"....the Division 1 Tidewater Red Piranhas and the Division II Tidewater Blue Piranhas. Stay tuned as we update the website with scores and highlights from the tournament.
Cheer us on!!!
Updated 29 Jan 2009:
We had a GREAT time playing against the Kemps Landing Staff and Teachers! Read the article here.
29 Sep 08: Check out the latest fundraising event, the sale of artistic cards, on our newspage.
18 Sep 08: The Fairfax Observer wrote an article about our recent coaches' clinic in Reston! Read it on our newspage!
FIPFA has updated its website. Check it out at www.fipfa.org.
30 Jul 08: Two VPSA had a great time at the 2008 National Veterans Wheelchair Games - read about it on our newspage!
You can watch videos from the recent National Championships on-line at http://www.xable.com/sports/powersoccer/nationals2008 and from the 2007 World Cup at http://www.xable.com/events/fipfaworldcup2007.
You can read it on line at http://www.mdaquest-digital.com/mdaquest/200801/?u1=texterity
Posted 24 Sep 07
The Tidewater Piranhas have grown to two teams! They will now be known as the Tidewater Piranhas Power Soccer Club with a team in each Division. The Division 1 team is called the "Red Fish" and the Division 2 team is called the "Blue Fish". Now we just need "One Fish, Two Fish"!!!
The Division 2 team has been practicing hard with the Div. 1 team and they are anxious to try out their new skills against other opponents. The team has players as young as 5 and as "old" as...well, let's just say they've been around the horn once or twice!
Congratulations and best of luck to the club and to both teams!
A competitive sport for power wheelchair users!
What is Power Soccer?
Power Soccer is a most exciting new and dynamic development for power wheelchair users. The competitive sport has been played for more than 16 years, but is just now coming to
Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. This action packed team sport combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game. Participants include people with quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, and other disabilities. The will to win, the competitive challenge, teamwork, and the total competitive spirit of the athlete are in no way limited or diminished because of their use of a wheelchair. As in all sports - win, lose, or draw - the thrill and joy is in playing the game.
What do I need to get in the game?
Every power soccer athlete is equipped with a soccer guard that surrounds and protects the legs. Athletes also use the guard as a means for maneuvering the ball. Additionally, each athlete is expected to have an adequate level of control of their power wheelchair. This is required to assure safe play and navigation during the fast-paced action of a power soccer game.
How can a business or organization help Virginia Power Soccer?
To play power soccer, our association needs indoor regulation-sized full-length basketball courts to host practices and games. This, along with the need for protective custom soccer guards, team jerseys, special oversized soccer balls, and occasional wheelchair maintenance, make Power Soccer an expensive sport. If your organization can donate time for a basketball court or funds for soccer equipment, this can help our soccer league provide the excitement and energy of soccer to power wheelchair users in
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