Before they meet in September’s Paralympic Games, No. 1 Ukraine, No. 4 the Netherlands and No. 8 the USA will face off at the football 7-a-side International Tournament in Arnhem, the Netherlands, beginning Sunday (19 June).
The tournament runs until 26 June and will help the trio – who have all qualified for Rio 2016 – in their preparations for the Games. It is the third International Tournament of the year and the last before the Paralympics.
The event will be played with a round robin system, with each team playing two matches against each other.
Ukraine and the Netherlands will kick off the event on Sunday. The last time these two sides met was when Ukraine downed the Dutch 10-0 in last May’s International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) Pre-Paralympic Tournament in Salou, Spain.
Some footballers to keep watch for are:
Artem Krasylnykov (UKR)
Volodymyr Antoniuk (UKR)
Konstiantyn Symashko (UKR)
Iljas Visker (NED)
Lars Conyn (NED)
Keith Johnson (USA)
19 June: Ukraine vs. Netherlands
20 June: Ukraine vs. USA
21 June: Netherlands vs. USA
23 June: USA vs. Ukraine
24 June: Netherlands vs. Ukraine
25 June: USA vs. Netherlands
The Tournament is organised by The Royal Football Association of the Netherlands.
Schedule and results are available on the IFCPF’s website.