BLIND SOCCER

What is Blind Soccer?

Blind Soccer, or Blind Football, is an internationally recognised sport played at the Paralympics. It is played outdoors by vision impaired athletes on a 42m x 22m pitch with side kickboards. There are two teams of five; four outfield players and a goalkeeper.

Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria is proud to run a league for blind football with the support of Football Federation Victoria and Social Goal, There will be various soccer events and competitions throughout 2017, beginning in February and running through until December.

The Victorian B-League is the first of its kind in Australia and offers two competitions for blind and vision impaired footballers.

Check out this video: Blind Football B-League – an Australian first!

It is an exciting game, here is a link to highlights from the London 2012 paralympics:

And, David Beckham giving it a try.

Similar to goalball, blind football is played with an audible ball which makes a rattling noise to allow players to locate it by sound. The outfield players wear eye-shades to equal their sight, but the goalkeeper can be fully or partially sighted.

Check out this exciting story about the potential for Australia to have its first blind soccer league. It is a great time to be involved in the sport.

JUNIORS (5 TO 15 YEARS)

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Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria and Social Goal are working with FFV to build the capacity of member clubs to provide opportunities for people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to participate in soccer. The Junior Blind and Vision Impaired Soccer program is open to all children who are blind or vision impaired, aged 5-15. The program will provide children who are blind or vision impaired with the opportunity to play soccer in a fun and welcoming environment.

In 2017, we are trialing an 8 week Junior Soccer Program for children who are blind or vision impaired, aged 5 – 15. The program will be run by qualified soccer coaches in a fun and inclusive environment.

Who: children aged 5 to 15 years. All levels of vision impairments are welcome

When: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Come & Try / Registration: Sunday 23 April

Program Dates

May: Sunday 7 and Sunday 21

June: Sunday 3, Sunday 18 and Sunday 25

July: Sunday 2, Sunday 16 and Sunday 30

Where: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre – 30 Aughtie Dr, Melbourne VIC 3206. Please follow signage inside the main building.

Cost: $20 per child, to be paid in cash upon registration

For enquiries about programs or to find out how your club can get involved, please contact the Megan Smith at FFV (9474 1800) or Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria (info@blindsports.org.au).

 

ADULT

Welcome to the Victorian B League - Come and be part of an Australian first

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Blind Football (soccer) is played indoors or outdoors by blind and vision impaired athletes on a futsal-sized pitch with side kickboards. Sighted people can also participate as outfield players by wearing eye-shades and the goalkeeper is sighted. There are two teams of five; four outfield players and a goalkeeper. It is played with an audible ball which makes a rattling noise to allow players to locate it. 

Why play?

  • Enhances communication skills
  • Improves orientation and mobility
  • Heightens spatial awareness and echo location

The 2017 weekly competition will kick off with two Come and Try Days on Sunday 2 April and Sunday 9 April from 1.30pm.  The Registration Day will be on Sunday 23 April and the competition will start on Sunday 30 April.

All events will be held at Melbourne Sport & Aquatic Centre (MSAC) in Albert Park.

This year’s competition will be played to B2/B3 rules, where the game is played indoors with all levels of vision impairments welcome. Blindfolds will not be required.

When: Matches will be played every Sunday from 30 April until 9 July between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Cost: $30 for the season

Check out photos from the 2016 competition photos on Social Goal’s Facebook page!

Who can play?

Everyone! Males and females aged 16 and up who are blind or vision impaired can play in the Victorian B-League.

How do I sign up?

Contact the All Abilities Project Coordinator, Megan Smith at FFV (9474 1800) or Blind Sports Victoria (info@blindsports.org.au).

 

MELBOURNE B1 BLIND SOCCER (CITY SENSES)

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The Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club (City Senses) provides opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to play B1 blind football, the blindfolded version of blind football that is played at the Paralympics. Adults aged 16 and up who are totally blind or partially sighted can play, with the game played with an audible ball and side kickboards and all players (except the goalkeeper) required to wear a blindfold.

The 2017 season commences on Sunday 6 August 2:00pm until -4:00pm.

General skill training will take place between 2:00pm until 3:00pm each week, followed by game based activities until 4:00pm.

Training will shift to an early evening timeslot once daylight savings commences.  Keep up to date with all of the 2017 details via Facebook.  CLICK HERE to like the page.

Location: Docklands multi-purpose sports field, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.

For more information contact melbournbeones@gmail.com or find Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club on Facebook.

City Senses is a City in the Community program.  In addition to supporting the Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club with training sessions, City Senses also provides a number of community based initiatives including a One City Disability Awareness program. The One City Disability Awareness program uses B1 blind football as a tool to educate schools students and aims to raise awareness about people with a disability, in particular blindness and vision loss. If you would like to hear more about the One City Disability Awareness program you can email CitySenses@melbournecityfc.com.au.

The Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club is supported by City in the Community, Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, Social Goal and Football Federation Victoria.

 

Clubs, Coaches and Referees

 

Please contact the All Abilities Project Coordinator, Megan Smith at FFV (9474 1800) or Blind Sports Victoria (info@blindsports.org.au)  if:

  • You are a club who might be interested in getting involved in Blind and Vision Impaired Soccer
  • You are a Referee who is interested in refereeing the B-League
  • You are a Coach and would like to participate in further training or activities related to Blind and Vision Impaired Soccer. 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 & Recreation Victoria, please contact them on 03 98228876 or info@blindsports.org.au.

 

INTERNATIONAL BLIND SOCCER RULES AND REGULATIONS

To read the International Rules for B1 Blind Soccer, click here: 621-Rules-IBSA-Blind-Football-(B1)-Rulebook-2017-2021

To read the International Rules for B2/B3 Partially Sighted Soccer, click here: 622-Rules-IBSA-Partially-Sighted-Football-(B2-B3)-Rulebook-2017-2021