The USPSA is a powerhouse in the Americas. The USPSA has over 65 competitive teams throughout the US and is continually growing. The national team does not disappoint, with two World Cup Championships, and two America's Cup wins, they continue to give their all and expect the same from their competitors.
In 1988, powerchair football, known as power soccer in the US was introduced to the Bay Area Recreation Program (BORP), a disabled sports program founded by university students in Berkeley, California. BORP grew the sport down the west coast and into Arizona. In those days, power soccer differed from the game it is today as it allowed picking and screening, there was no speed limit, you were not allowed to back up and the ball was three times the size it is today!
Around 1997 through 2001 the sport in the US grew to six teams, Arizona hosted a tournament with guest visitors from Japan who also played a version of the game.
In 2001- 2003, through the efforts of the Dornan Family, David Ruelas, Jerry Frick and Fernando Foundation, the sport grew on the east coast from Atlanta to Rochester to Miami conducting power soccer clinics to all who could benefit. Though it took a number of years to see their efforts payoff, the seeds that they planted exploded.
In the fall of 2004, now a US Power Soccer coach, David Ruelas, visited Belgium on vacation and discovered that Europe was also playing a form of the game. He then made contact with Herve Delattre, the director of a school that was playing powerchair football in France. Their subsequent discussions led to the idea of developing powerchair football into an international sport.
From 2003- 2012, Jerry Frick teamed up with the Russo’s to lead the charge in growing teams across the Midwest and the entire east coast. The momentum was fast-paced with teams growing across the US. Throughout 2005, a group of leaders laid the foundation for the US National organization. A board was voted in, the not-for profit organization was approved and the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) was born in 2006.
The mission of the Unites States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) is to provide persons with physical disabilities using power wheelchairs the opportunity to play, learn and compete in the sport of power soccer. The USPSA governs the sport of power soccer in the United States. The USPSA promotes the sport on a national and international level through tournament play, refers certification, training and continued growth.