Blind Football (Soccer)

Blind soccer is played by athletes who are blind or vision impaired.  There are two formats of the game:

  • Blind soccer (B1)
  • Vision impaired/partially sighted football (B2/B3).

Blind soccer (B1) is an internationally recognised sport at the Paralympics, played outdoors by athletes who are blind or partially vision impaired on a 40m x 20m pitch, with side kickboards and an audible ball. There are two teams of five; four outfield players and a goalkeeper. The outfield players wear eye-shades to equal their sight and the goalkeeper can be fully or partially sighted.

Read: South Australian Blind Athletes Club Inc.

Read: Athletics competitions for Blind and Visually Impaired athletes
Vision impaired/partially sighted soccer (B2/B3) is played by athletes who are vision impaired to Futsal rules with minor modifications. An audible ball which makes a rattling noise is used, allowing players to locate it by sound.

A Football match lasts 50 minutes with two halves of 25 minutes each and a 10-minute half time in between. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals during a match.

Rules & Equipment

Field
The field is 40m X 20m, with side kickboard to keep the ball and players on the pitch, as well as a ball with bells inside of it to make it audible and easier to locate for the players.

Teams
There are two teams of five; four outfield players and a goalkeeper. The outfield players wear eye-shades to equal their sight and the goalkeeper can be fully or partially sighted.

Blindfolds/Masks
The athletes who are inside the field of play, with the exception of the goalkeeper, wear blindfolds or a mask to guarantee equality among the players.

Contact

If you would like to know more or become involved, please contact:

Kent Dredge, Sports Development officer, Blind Sports SA
Email: kent.dredge@blindsportssa.org.au
Phone: 0402 564 991

Alternatively, you can follow or contact Blind Sports SA via Facebook.

Training

Where:​​​ Futsal Pitch, Southwest side of Burke Oval behind Adelaide High School
When: ​​​Saturday on at 1:00pm-2:00pm
Cost:​​​ Nil

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