Like all Paralympic sports, Wheelchair Rugby uses a sport-specific classification system to assess athletes based on impairments that cause activity limitations in the sport. The goal of classification is to minimize the impact of these impairments on the outcome of the competition. With classification, the achievement of the athlete and the team will be based on talent, training, equipment and team tactics, just like in sports for able bodied athletes.

Every athlete who participates in international Wheelchair Rugby competition must go through the IWRF classification process when they make their first appearance at a sanctioned tournament. During this process, the athlete will be reviewed by an IWRF-certified classification panel, and upon completion, a sport class ranging from 0.5 to 3.5, corresponding to his or her functional level, will be assigned.

All Wheelchair Rugby athletes are classified according to the established guidelines published in the IWRF Classification Manual, which can be downloaded


If you are completely new to Wheelchair Rugby, we recommend that you read the IWRF Layperson’s Guide to Classification, which you can download