Para 7-a-side soccer is for anyone who has a physical disability that was caused by a brain injury (i.e. cerebral palsy, stroke, TBI). The sport is very similar to able-bodied soccer other than a few slight alterations to the field and rules! CP Soccer is a club that currently runs 11 para teams across the nation; with the goal to continue to expand. U.S. Soccer also supports a para 7-a-side team that travels across the world to face off against other competing countries. We would love for Cincinnati to be a part of the growth for future generations of adaptive athletes!
Meet the Coaches
Coach Ashley Hammond
Ash is the Co-founder of CP Soccer, which has successfully been established in many cities across the US (with Cincinnati hopefully next on the list). Additionally, he is the Chair Person for US Soccer's Disability Committee which represents Power Chair Soccer, Amputee Soccer, Blind Soccer, Deaf Soccer, Dwarf Soccer, Down Syndrome Soccer and CP Soccer. If that doesn't convince you of his love for the game, he is also the head coach of the Montclair Girls High School team and owner of Sports Domain Academy back in New Jersey. He recently returned from England where he was watching his son, Shea Hammond, compete for the US Men's Para National team.
Coach Shea Hammond
Shea Hammond is a player on United States Mens Para 7 a Side national team. He works closely with his dad to promote disability soccer and is a Co-founder of CPsoccerUS. He currently attends Clemson University and is a part of Paralympic soccer team. He is the recipient of the 2021 Team USA Service and Hope award. One of his proudest moments is earning a bronze medal at the 2019 Parapan American Games.