Sports Summary

Wheelchair rugby is an intense, contact team sport played in eight-minute quarters.

To be eligible to compete, athletes must have an impairment in all four limbs.

Players are assigned a point value from 0.5 to 3.5 – the higher the number of points, the higher their functional ability, and the four players on court cannot exceed a combined total of eight points.

A volleyball is used and it can be carried, dribbled or passed in any way except by kicking. It must be bounced at least once every 10 seconds.

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Events & Disciplines

Eight teams featuring both male and female athletes are drawn into two pools, with the two highest placed teams in each group progressing to the semi-finals.



Who is eligible to compete in wheelchair rugby?

Athletes with a physical impairment in all four limbs, including quadriplegia, limb loss or deficiency, and equivalent impairments

What are the classes?

0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 and 3.5

More info: Wheelchair Rugby Classification Information Sheet (Updated Feb 2020)

How do I get classified?

Request a classification

Rules & Equipment


Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a regulation-sized basketball court. The basketball key area is replaced by a wheelchair rugby key 8m wide and 1.75m deep. The part of the end line within the key is called the goal line and it is marked with one pylon at each end.


An official size and weight (280g) volleyball is used for play. It must be white in colour.


As a contact sport, wheelchair rugby places high demands on players’ wheelchairs. They must be lightweight and easy to manoeuvre while still being strong enough to protect the players and withstand frequent collisions.

Wheelchair rugby chairs have several unique features including bumpers at the front and wings to protect the sides. Spoke protectors and anti-tip devices are mandatory. All wheelchairs must meet International Wheelchair Rugby Federation regulations.


Athletes may wear gloves to improve their grip on the ball.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2016 1 0 0 1
2012 1 0 0 1
2008 0 1 0 1
2000 0 1 0 1


We encourage those wishing to explore wheelchair rugby to contact their state federation in the first instance. The national federation link below provides information on the national high performance program leading to competing internationally and at the Paralympic Games.

National Federation
Organisation Website
Disability Sports Australia
State Federations
State Organisation Website
NSW Wheelchair Sports NSW
QLD Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
SA Disability Recreation & Sports SA
VIC Disability Sport & Recreation
WA Rebound WA