The 4th World Deaf Football Championships will take place in Kuala Lumpur between Wednesday 20 September and Sunday 8 October 2023.
UK Deaf Sport are delighted to confirm that both the England Deaf Women and England Deaf Men’s Football Teams are flying out to Malaysia to compete in the championship.
The Women’s Team will be led by GB Deaf Football (GBDF) and the Men’s Team by The Football Association (FA).
These championships and the European Deaf Women and Men’s Football Championships in 2024, are an important tournament for deaf football in the lead up to the Deaflympics in Tokyo in 2025.
You can follow all the action online here:
Event website with live stream links – http://wdfc2023.msdeaf.org.my/index.php
Event Organiser – https://www.facebook.com/4wdfcmalaysia2023
England Football Team (Men) – https://www.facebook.com/EnglandTeam
Great Britain Deaf Football (Women) – https://www.facebook.com/TeamGBDF
Joanne Cholerton, UK Deaf Sport CEO said “I am delighted to see that England have a Women and a Men’s Team competing at the World Championships in Malaysia. I know both teams are well prepared, motivated and looking forward to the Championship. I wish both teams the best of luck and look forward to seeing them progress through the tournament.”
Sharon Hirshman from GBDF said “The support and efforts to fundraise, recruit, equip and get the women’s squad ready for this World Cup tournament in matter of 5 months has been nothing short of a miracle. GBDF would like this opportunity to thank all those involved and sponsors to date for creating this once in a lifetime opportunity to compete on a world stage in Malaysia. The tournament programme is a challenging one and your support, whether at the tournament or from afar, throughout the tournament will be very much appreciated by the team.”
James Watkins, The FA’s Senior Technical Performance Manager for para football said “The Deaf Men’s World Championships is an exciting international occasion for The FA. It represents the first time we have led the team in a Deaf Men’s World Championships since resuming stewardship of the squad. We have strong aspirations to medal and will relish playing in a challenging games programme whilst in Malaysia. We are confident our players will represent the Three Lions with pride and will have a significant impact on the tournament.”