Dorset referee Paul Kirby has been appointed as a referee for the FA Disability Cup / EDF (English Deaf League) Championship Final at St. George's Park on 25 June 2023!
One of the most exciting events on the 2023 football calendar, The FA Disability Cup brings the thrills, skills and extraordinary passion of players at the very top of their game.
Kicking off at 2:40pm, live on BT Sport, this year's Deaf final will be competed between St John's Deaf Football Club and Farsley Celtic Deaf FC.
Speaking after the appointment, Paul said: "I am proud to represent the BSL (British Sign Language) Community and Dorset FA.
"It will be a different experience to watch as I will not be using my whistle, I use a glove to influence and promote accessibility in Deaf Football as all players are Deaf and hearing aids are not permitted to be used, according to Deaf Olympic and FIFA.
"This year, tickets sold out on the first day it was on sale, and I am very much looking forward to the day."
Deaf Football Explained
A very similar format to mainstream football, deaf football has both 11-aside and futsal versions. The 11-a-side format is in the Deaflympics which take place every four years. Deaf players can (and do) play mainstream, pan-disability, and deaf specific football. Within these pathways’ players can take part in casual opportunities or more formal club and league-based football.
You can find more information on Deaf Football HERE
Dorset FA wishes Paul and everyone else involved at St. George's Park the very best of luck!