BLIND SOCCER

Blind and Vision Impaired Football

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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.

 

FFV is working with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, City in the Community and Social Goal 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

 

2018 Melbourne Blind Football season

Blind Football registration and ‘Come and Try’ day

Open to people of all ages who are blind and vision impaired who want to learn more about blind football. Come along to find out about all of the exciting activities in 2018.

 

When: Sunday 22nd April, 12.30pm to 3.30pm

12.30pm to 2pm – ages 12 and under

2pm to 3.30pm – ages 13 and up

 

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

 

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

 

 

Blind and Vision Impaired football training program – adults aged 15 and up

This training program is for adults aged 15 and up of all classifcations (B1, B2 & B3) to learn and develop their skills in blind and vision impaired football. These sessions will prepare players to compete in the FFV Vision Impaired Futsal League or further training for blind football (B1 players).

 

Program dates: Sunday 8th April to Sunday 3rd June (Note: No session on Sunday 6 May)

1.30pm to 3.30pm

 

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

 

Cost: $30 per person, to be paid upon registering (which also registers B2/B3 players for the FFV Vision Impaired Futsal League – see below)

JUNIORS (5  to 14 YEARS)

Medibank Community Fund

In 2018, FFV is continuing to support junior blind and vision impaired football with a program catering for children who are blind or vision impaired (all levels of vision impairment), aged 5 – 14. The program will be run by qualified coaches in a fun and inclusive environment. The program is aimed at players who are new to football; no prior experience of blind or vision impaired football is required.

 

Program dates: Sunday 29th April, 13th May, 27th May, 17th June, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

 

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

 

Cost: $20 per child, to be paid upon registering.

 

Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria Teenage Come and Try Program

 

Are you a blind or vision impaired teen who would love to try 6 sports over 6 weeks? Then join us to get active, hang out with friends and have some fun. In week 5 we will be presenting football.

 

Program date: Sunday 20th May, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

 

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

 

You must have registered in the full program to participate.

Click here to for more information and join the Teenage Come and Try Program

 

 

 

FFV Vision Impaired Futsal League

This competition will be played to IBSA Partially Sighted Futsal rules and played by B2 and B3 classified athletes. Interested players must attend the training program in the lead up the competition commencing to be registered and allocated to a team.

 

Competition dates: Sunday 17th June to Sunday 8th July, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

(Fixtures will be listed on FFV website once registrations are known)

 

Where: Lakeside Futsal, at Lakeside Stadium, 31-33 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park

 

Public transport:

Tram – Route 12, Stop 130. Walk 150 metres (2 minutes) along Aughtie Drive

 

Registration fee: $30 per person, to be paid when registering for the 2018 training program (see above)

End of season BBQ

Sunday July 29th, 12pm to 2pm

Details to be confirmed

 

Melbourne Blind Football is supported by Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, Social Goal, City in the Community and FFV.

 

Other Helpful Information

 

Clubs, Coaches and Referees

 

Please contact Sharon Wong, Program Development Coordinator – Diversity and Inclusion on 9474 1805 or swong@ffv.org.au, if:

 

  • You are interested in registering for the 2018 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.