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Both Cricket & Soccer are available to be enjoyed by persons with Intellectual Impairments, including persons with Learning Disabilities in South Africa at Club, Provincial and International level. Both these sports are played by individuals who make up a teams and are therefore very beneficial, as they are physical activities and are a good way to increase the verbal, social, and mobility skills of children and adults with Intellectual Impairments, as well as improving confidence. International Learning Disability Sport is overseen by the world governing body of Learning Disability Sport, INAS-FID. INAS rules state that to play sport as an athlete with a Learning Disability you must be able to demonstrate that you have an IQ of 75 or less.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the global governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1989.

The ICC has 104 members: 12 Full Members that play Test matches and 92 Associate Members. The ICC is responsible for the organisation and governance of cricket's major international tournaments, most notably the Cricket World Cup. It also appoints the umpires and referees that officiate at all sanctioned Test matches, One Day International and Twenty20 Internationals. It promulgates the ICC Code of Conduct, which sets professional standards of discipline for international cricket, and also co-ordinates action against corruption and match-fixing through its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

The ICC does not control bilateral fixtures between member countries (which include all Test matches), it does not govern domestic cricket in member countries, and it does not make the laws of the game, which remain under the control of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

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Disability Cricket

In disability cricket, there are a few rules and regulations that are specific to the different impairment groups. Where possible the game is played in accordance with the MCC Laws of Cricket but there are some differences which are detailed below:

Learning Disability Cricket: International Learning Disability Sport is overseen by the world governing body of Learning Disability Sport, INAS-FID. INAS rules state that to play sport as an athlete with a Learning Disability you must be able to demonstrate that you have an IQ of 75 or less. To demonstrate this, cricketers undergo an assessment by an Educational Psychologist to ascertain their IQ level and they are then registered with INAS as being able to participate in international sport. The advantage of this system is that it is standard and accepted globally. At tournaments the documentation of all participants is checked by representatives of both INAS and other participating countries to ensure the system is transparent.

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International participation: Intellectually Impaired Cricket has a formal agreement with Australia and England to partake in a Tri-Angular every second year.

Contact Eugene Jacobs to find out more:

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Cricket South Africa

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has three Disability entities affiliated to the organisation, namely Blind Cricket South Africa (BCSA); South African Deaf Cricket Association (SADCA) and South African Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired (SASA-II)."

"Cricket really is the everybody-est sport! So, find out how you can get involved today and become part of the team. Contact Johan Weyers by Email: or on Tel: 012 484 1835"

Cricket South AfricaVision

Cricket South Africa's vision is to make cricket a truly national sport of winners.

This has two elements to it:

  • To ensure that cricket is supported by the majority of South Africans, and available to all who want to play it.
  • To pursue excellence at all levels of the game.


As the governing body of cricket in South Africa, Cricket South Africa will be led by:

  • Promoting and protecting the game and its unique spirit in the context of a democratic South Africa.
  • Basing our activities on fairness, which includes inclusivity and non-discrimination.
  • Accepting South Africa's diversity as a strength.
  • Delivering outstanding, memorable events.
  • Providing excellent service to Affiliates, Associates and Stakeholders.
  • Optimising commercials rights and properties on behalf of its Affiliates and Associates.
  • Implementing good governance based on King 2, and matching diligence, honesty and transparency to all our activities.

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Cricket for persons with Intellectual Impairments is available at club level in South Africa. One of these clubs that offers this sport, is the Differently Abled Cricket Club. The Differently Abled Cricket Club are on a mission to uplift persons with disabilities in South Africa.

Differently Abled Cricket

The Differently Abled Cricket Club is an open cricket club for the differently abled cricket players, which includes the Blind, Deaf, Intellectually Impaired (SID and MID) and Physically Disabled. We are the only club of this kind in South Africa and we would like to make it our goal in getting other regions to follow suit! Differently Abled Cricket Club

In 2017 the Differently Abled Cricket Club (DACC) adopted the principle of not being ashamed of who we are and hence the name Differently Abled Cricket Club, the club felt it’s time we have our own identity and independence and focus on the awareness of LSEN (Learners with Special Educational Needs) which includes the Blind, Deaf, Intellectually Impaired and Physically Disabled."

The home of Differently Abled Cricket Club is located at FH Odendaal High School, we have embarked on a new journey and with the relationship we have built with the school they have given us permission to make the school our new home. We are in the process of building a clubhouse at the school and we also want to build a cricket academy specifically for differently abled players. Currently we are in the process of getting junior teams going as this is the feeding system for the club going forward.

With our new constitution we not only want to develop the cricket skills of players but also want to create a skills development program for our cricketers in order to attain the required skills for the workplace.

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Contact Details

For more information please contact Christo Pelzer on his Mobile: +27 82 998 4568 or Email:
Address: 200 Baviaanspoort Road, Derdepoort, Pretoria, 0186 or visit their web site at:


Soccer, sometimes known as football in some countries, is available for participation by individuals with Intellectually Impairment's. Sport for International Learning Disability is overseen by the world governing body of Learning Disability Sport, INAS-FID. INAS rules state that to play sport as an athlete with a Learning Disability you must be able to demonstrate that you have an IQ of 75 or less.

A number of tournaments are available for those individuals with Intellectually Impairment's who include soccer are:

  • The INAS World Football Championship
  • The Paralympic Games.
  • Special Olympics

The INAS World Football Championship

The INAS World Football Championship is an international association football competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. It takes place every four years, typically in the country that also hosts the FIFA World Cup. It is organized by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID) which also organizes championships in other sports. To participate in an INAS-FID event, an athlete must have an intellectual disability that was evident before the age of 18, significant limitations in adaptive behavior, and an IQ score below 75.

The Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games, Intellectual Disability - has been added to some Paralympic Games. This includes only elite athletes with intellectual disabilities diagnosed before the age of 18, while the IOC-recognized Special Olympics World Games include athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Given the wide variety of disabilities that Paralympic athletes have, there are several categories in which the athletes compete. The allowable disabilities are broken down into ten eligible impairment types. These categories include intellectual impairments which are further broken down into classifications, which vary from sport to sport. The sports available for Persons with Intellectual Disability include 5-a-side-soccer.

Special Olympics World Games

The IOC-recognized Special Olympics World Games are open to all people with intellectual disabilities & include Football, sometimes called soccer. It is possibly the world's most popular team sport. It's also Special Olympics' most popular sport. Played in just about every country, the sport's success is due to the fact that it can be played by boys, girls, men and women of just about any physical build and ability. Football requires little in the way of specialized equipment and is organized using simple, intuitive rules. It's so fundamental to the future of Special Olympics' growth plans that it is the focus of our Global Football initiative. Football is perfect for Special Olympics Unified Sports, in which people with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same teams. In 2010, Special Olympics held its Unity Cup in connection with the World Cup.

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