Blind and Vision Impaired Football

 

What is Blind and Vision Impaired Football?

Blind Football is played by athletes who are blind or vision impaired.  There are two formats of the game, blind football (B1) and vision impaired/partially sighted football (B2/B3).

Blind Football (B1) is an internationally recognised sport played at the Paralympics. It is played outdoors by blind and partially vision impaired athletes 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.

Vision impaired/partially sighted football (B2/B3) is played by athletes who are vision impaired and is played to Futsal rules with minor modifications.

Football Victoria works with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, City in the Community and Melbourne Blind Football Club to provide opportunities for people with a vision impairment of all ages to play football.

Why play?

Blind and Vision Impaired Football is guaranteed to:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Improve orientation and mobility
  • Heighten your spatial awareness and echo location

If you would like to find out more about blind and vision impaired football in Australia, you can go to www.ausblindfootball.com.au. Australian Blind Football was created in 2017 and is an initiative of Blind Sports Australia and is responsible for the coordination of the blind football (B1) and vision impaired futsal (B2/B3) teams, while also working closely with state football and blind sport organisations, Football Federation Australia and Paralympics Australia.

Active Teens Blind Football

This is a special Blind Football program aiming at teens with vision impairment to train and play football.

Date: Sunday 23rd February - Sunday 22nd March

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: Casey Stadium (65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East VIC 3977)

For more information, please contact Allie Douglas from Blind Sports Victoria on 9864 9643 or email activeteens@blindsports.org.au

 

Melbourne Blind Football Club

Blind Football Finals 2017

 

The Melbourne Blind Football Club provides an opportunity for people of all ages who are blind and vision impaired to learn and develop their football skills. The regular club training sessions also provide a pathway into other participation opportunities that are available in Melbourne, including:

  • Melbourne Blind Football (B1) team training, contact Dave Connolly (National Coordinator – Blind Football) on football@blindsportsaustralia.com.au for training sessions and times. These sessions are focused on B1 Blind Football however coaches can tailor activities to all levels of vision loss
  • Individual/small group training sessions for children with all levels of vision loss, contact Michael Roski (Coach) on SportsAbilities@outlook.com for training sessions and times.

If you are an adult with a vision impairment and you are interested in registering for a club that competes in Football Victoria's All Abilities League, please contact Sharon Wong for further details (Sharon.Wong@footballvictoria.com.au).

 

Home of Melbourne Blind Football Club

In 2018, the Melbourne Blind Football Club worked with the City of Melbourne to create a home for blind and vision impaired football in Victoria, with the creation of a purpose-built facility for blind football (B1). The Melbourne Blind Football Club holds training for all ages and levels of vision loss at the venue, with blind football (B1) games and national camps also taking place at the venue.

Details of the venue are as follows:

Where: North Melbourne Recreation Reserve, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne (access through the North Melbourne Recreation Centre or Fogarty Street entrance

Parking: On-street parking on Arden and Fogarty Streets

Public transport:

Train – North Melbourne station. Walk 1 kilometre (12 minutes) along Ireland Street and Laurens Street to Arden Street.

Bus – Route 402, stop Corner Dryburgh Street and Haines Street. Walk 600 metres (8 minutes) along Dryburgh Street and Arden Street.

Tram – Route 57, stop 15. Walk 500 metres along Arden Street.

 

Other Helpful Information

Clubs, Coaches and Referees

 

Please contact Sharon Wong, Program Development Coordinator - Diversity and Inclusion on 9474 1805 or Sharon.Wong@footballvictoria.com.au, if:

 

  • You are interested in registering for the 2020 season
  • You are a Coach and would like to participate in further training or activities related to Blind and Vision Impaired Football. Also check out the Coaching Manual for Coaching Children with Vision Impairments.

Equipment

Blind and vision impaired football is played with an audible ball which makes a rattling noise. This allows players to locate it by sound. These balls are currently available by order through Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria on 03 9822 8876 or info@blindsports.org.au.