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Football 7-a-side was first included in the Paralympic Games in 1984 in New York. However, Football 7-a-side was dropped from the Paralympic program for Tokyo 2021.

The sport is open to athletes with cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury, and is quite similar to able-bodied football, with just a few modifications. There is no offside rule and throw-ins may be made with just one hand and roll-ins are also allowed. Every athlete in the competition is ranked between 5 and 8 according to their impairment, with 5 being the highest class of impairment. Every team must feature a certain number of players from each class, with at least one player from class 5 or 6.

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