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.
Blind and Vision Impaired AIA Vitality MiniRoos
Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria and FFV are working together to further develop opportunities for children who are blind or vision impaired to play football (soccer). The focus of MiniRoos sessions is for children to develop a love of playing football by playing small sided games and modified skill development activities, run by local clubs and supported by Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria volunteers.
The 2017 Come and Try Day for Juniors (age 5 to 15 years) will take place on Sunday 23 April at MSAC. Juniors will then have the opportunity to register for the ongoing fortnightly program from Sunday 7 May.
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 (email@example.com).
Welcome to the Victorian B League - Come and be part of an Australian first
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.
- Enhances communication skills
- Improves orientation and mobility
- Heightens spatial awareness and echo location
The 2017 weekly competition will kick off on Sunday 16 April at MSAC. This years 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 16 April until 9 July between 2-4pm.
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 18 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If your club is interested in providing a Vision Impaired MiniRoos program in 2017/2018 or you are interested in supporting, or providing a team to compete in, the inaugural Victorian B League in 2017/2018, contact Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria Program Coordinator, Janelle Ryan (email@example.com).
Melbourne B1 Blind Football
Football Federation Victoria is working with Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, Social Goal and Melbourne City Football Club to create a Melbourne B1 Blind Football team for adults who are classified as B1 or B2. If you are interested in finding out more about training and games in this format you can contact the All Abilities Project Coordinator, Megan Smith at FFV (9474 1800) or Blind Sports Victoria (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Clubs, Coaches and Referees
Please contact the All Abilities Project Coordinator, Megan Smith at FFV (9474 1800) or Blind Sports Victoria (email@example.com) if:
- 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 B-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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.