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

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
  • Clubs participating in Football Victoria's All Abilities League that have coaches that have received vision impaired football specific coach education
  • And, National Training Centre days (see Australian Blind Football National Training Centre)

To find out when regular training dates take place, contact Michael Roski (Coach) on SportsAbilities@outlook.com

 

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.

Cost: Please contact Sharon Wong for more details (Sharon.Wong@footballvictoria.com.au)

 

Australian Blind Football National Training Centre

Aus Blind Football National Camp 2018

 

In 2019, Australian Blind Football with support from Giving4grassroots funding is launching monthly training centre days in Melbourne as part of their national program. These sessions are FREE and are open to people who are blind and vision impaired of all ages and classifications.

The sessions provide regular opportunities for our national squad players to train together, with these players taking a lead in running  a ‘come and try' component of the day. The sessions are open to adults and children of all ages and classifications to come along and meet the Melbourne based national team staff, while also providing an entry point for new participants, a pathway for new players to be selected for national squads and a pathway into local participation opportunities.

Program dates: SUNDAYS

  • 17th March 2019
  • 28th April 2019
  • 26th May 2019
  • 23rd June 2019
  • 21st July 2019
  • 25 August 2019

Times:

  • 11am - 12pm (Ages: 5 - 12y.o, all levels of vision loss)
  • 12pm - 2pm (Ages: 13+, B1 and B2/B3)

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.

Cost: Free for non-National squad players (ie. new participants)

 

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 2019 season
  • You are a club who might be interested in getting involved in Blind and Vision Impaired Football
  • You are a Referee who is interested in refereeing the FFV Vision Impaired Futsal League
  • 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.