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.
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
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to know more or become involved, please contact:
Kent Dredge, Sports Development officer, Blind Sports SA
Phone: 0402 564 991
Alternatively, you can follow or contact Blind Sports SA via Facebook.
Where: Futsal Pitch, Southwest side of Burke Oval behind Adelaide High School
When: Saturday on at 1:00pm-2:00pm