All items purchased rise funds for the US Deaf Soccer Teams. In 2021 the teams will be preparing for the Deaflypics.
The women are the reigning 2005, 2009, and 2013 Deaflympics Gold Medal winners. They are also the reigning 2012 and 2016 Deaf World Cup Champions. The men won the 2019 Pan American Games.
Deafness is a hidden 'disability'. In sports such as soccer, players face certain hidden disadvantages, such as not being able to hear their coach's instructions during a game, a referee's decision or the roar of the crowd. Because deaf soccer players compete regularly against their hearing peers, these aspects of the game taken for granted, can make a difference during the course of a match.
Under international criteria, to be eligible to compete in deaf soccer competitions, players must have an average hearing loss of 55 Decibels or more in their best ear. All players competing in deaf matches must remove all hearing aids before playing which creates another obstacle to overcome, balance - another important advantage for a hearing player.
There is no age minimum or maximum requirement. The ages of players selected to the squad range from as young as 15 to as old as 38, with the average age being approximately 23 to 26.
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