Pararoos book spot at 2019 IFCPF World Championship

The Pararoos will represent Australia at the 2019 IFCPF World Championship in Seville, Spain next year after Kai Lammert’s side sealed a ticket to the tournament courtesy of a 7-1 win over Jordan in IR Iran overnight.

Four goals to Ben Roche – who now has ten for the tournament – combined with strikes from Connor Marsh, Angus Macgregor, and Cosimo Cirillo helped lift the Pararoos to victory in their third match of the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship, which is currently being contested on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. 

The triumph over Jordan not only sealed a place at next year’s World Championship but also ensured that the Pararoos will have the chance to become regional IFCPF Champions on Thursday evening (local time) when they play tournament host and favourite IR Iran in the final match of the competition.

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Earlier in the tournament Australia secured an 11-0 win over Korea Republic and a 3-0 win over Thailand to set up the chance to qualify for next year’s IFCPF World Championship.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman, Mr Chris Nikou, congratulated the Pararoos for reaching next year’s World Cup in Spain – a tournament which will add to a huge year for Australia’s national teams. 

“The football community is very proud of the achievements of the Pararoos, and congratulations must go to Kai Lammert, the players, and the staff with the team overseas,” Nikou said from Oman where he attended the Asian Football Confederation’s Annual Awards on Wednesday evening.

“The Pararoos’ participation at next year’s IFCPF World Championship in Spain adds to what will be an exciting year for Australia’s national football teams at major international tournaments in 2019. 

“The AFC Asian Cup is just around the corner for the Socceroos, the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off for the Matildas in June, the Pararoos will compete on the world stage in July, while in October our Joeys will venture to Peru to contest the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup,” he said.

FFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Gallop AM, also offered his congratulations.

“The Pararoos are an inspiring team and fantastic ambassadors for football,” Gallop said. “The team secured their best result at the IFCPF World Championship last year when they finished 10th in Argentina, and as CP Football continues to grow in Australia the Pararoos will be striving to achieve an even better outcome when they venture to Spain next July.”

“The Pararoos have faced some challenges, but strong support from the community and partners including Zest Care has allowed us to support them to play on the world stage,” he said. 

Australians can help to support the Pararoos’ journey to the 2019 IFCPF World Championship by making a tax-deductible donation to the team Every donation over $2 made to the squad is tax deductible, and will go directly to supporting national team training camps, coaching, sports science, and tournament costs to ensure that the Pararoos have the best possible chance to compete and excel in Spain in 2019.

The Pararoos’ matches at the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship will be streamed live via

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Pararoos Squad for the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship – November 2018 – Kish Island, IR Iran

Name (State)



Christopher BARTY (WA)



Matthew HEARNE (VIC)

Alessandro LA VERGHETTA (WA)



Connor MARSH (NSW)

Augustine MURPHY (NSW)

Christopher PYNE (NSW)

Benjamin ROCHE (NSW)

Bradley SCOTT (WA)

2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship
Date: 22-30 November 2018
Location: Kish Island, IR Iran

Pararoos Match Schedule

Game 1
Australia v Korea Republic
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 10.30pm (AEDT)
Result: Australia 11 – 0 Korea Republic

Game 2
Thailand v Australia
Monday, 26 November 2018
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 11.30pm (AEDT)
Live stream:
Result: Thailand 0 – 3 Australia

Game 3
Australia v Jordan
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 11.30pm (AEDT)
Result: Australia 7 – 1 Jordan

Game 4
IR Iran v Australia
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 1.30am – Friday, 30 November 2018 (AEDT)
Live stream: