The Lincolnshire Ability Counts Football League

The Lincolnshire Ability Counts Football League will be embarking on its sixth year of competition and is going from strength to strength. The league has been developing across each year and hopes to expand over the next few years to incorporate female participants.

The league works unlike any other league within the county and operates purely on a festival basis where teams come to central venue across the county over the season to compete. The results from each festival are collated and added to previous festival results to produce league tables and overall winners.

One of the elements it shares with the traditional mainstream leagues are that players are put into divisions due to their ability and not disability, this therefore sees players with different impairments playing together and against each other in what is known as PAN disability.


Play Ability Counts Football

Interested in playing opportunities for people with a disability in Lincolnshire are split into the following categories;-

  • Pan-Disability – Here players from across the disability spectrum play in the same game based on ability level rather that disability / impairment group. For example a player with a Learning Difficulty would play in the same game as a player with a Hearing Impairment providing they were of similar footballing ability.

  • Impairment Specific – In Impairment Specific football a group of players will play with/against others with the same disability/impairment. Examples of this would be Powerchair; Deaf or Blind Football.

To find a club & training times near you - Click HERE

The league currently operates divisions at adult male (Premiership, Championship and League 1 & U16 mixed (10 to 16 years old). Please click HERE for the league standings



 Ability Counts Football League

Our Ability Counts League is a Pan-Disability Central Venue League which takes place at Ruston Sports & Social Club throughout the season. Key information on the league is as below;-

  • 18 teams
  • 4 Ability-banded divisions.  Premiership/ Championship/ League 1 (adult male), Juniors (Mixed U16)
  • Monthly Fixtures
  • 5v5 Format
  • Played on both Grass and 3G
  • Fixture venues played at a central location


Coach Ability Counts Football

We have a range of courses/ workshops that are open and accessible to peoples with a disability. All our tutors are trained to deliver to people with a disability and we are able to look to provide additional support where necessary to allow a person with a disability to access our Coach Education Programme.

The Coaching Disabled Footballers Course is a 6 hour workshop aimed at Level 1 and above coaches who are already working with players with a disability or who are looking to gain more knowledge on how to make their sessions more inclusive for people with a disability. 

Volunteering with the Ability Counts Programme

For more information on volunteering in the Lincolnshire Ability Counts Programme contact