Blind soccer

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Blind Football is variation of futsal designed for players who are blind or visually impaired. It is currently a Paralympic sport, and the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA)[1] also organizes a World Championship.

History[edit]

According to IBSA, "Football for the blind and partially sighted started out as a playground game for school children in special schools for the visually impaired."

Rules[edit]

Generally speaking, the rules of blind football are very similar to the rules of futsal. There are, however, some important exceptions:

  • All players, except for the goalkeeper, are blindfolded.
  • The ball has been modified to make a jingling or rattling sound.
  • Players are required to say "voy", "go", or something similar when going for the ball; this alerts the other players about their position.
  • A guide, positioned outside the field of play, provides instructions to the players.

IBSA Blind Football World Championships[edit]

Men's B1[edit]

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
1998
Details
Brazil
Campinas
 Brazil 1–0  Argentina  Spain 2–0  Colombia 6
2000
Details
Spain
Jerez
 Brazil 3–0  Argentina  Spain 4–0  Greece 8
2002
Details
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
 Argentina 4–2  Spain  Brazil 2–0  Colombia 9
2006
Details
Argentina
Buenos Aires
 Argentina 1–0  Brazil  Paraguay 2–1  Spain 8
2010
Details
England
Hereford
 Brazil 2–0  Spain  China 1–0  England 10
2014
Details
Japan
Tokyo
 Brazil 1–0  Argentina  Spain 0–0
(2-0 in penalties)
 China 12
2018
Details[2]
Spain
Madrid
 Brazil 2–0  Argentina  China 2–1  Russia 16

Source: IBSA Football - Results

Men's B2/B3 (Partially Sighted)[edit]

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
1998
Details
Brazil
Campinas
 Belarus 3–2  Spain  Italy 9–2  Argentina 6
2002
Details
Italy
Varese
 Belarus 14–2  Russia  Spain 3–2  Brazil 12
2013
Details
Japan
Miyagi
 Russia 1–0
(AET)
 Ukraine  England 14–0  Japan 4
2017
Details
Italy
Cagliari
 Ukraine 3–0  England  Russia 2–2
(2-1 in penalties)
 Spain 8
2021
Details

Source: IBSA Football - Results

IBSA Women's Blind Football Tournament[edit]

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
2017
Details
Austria
Vienna
 Japan 1–0 IBSA select[a]  England/ Greece select 0-0
(1-0 in penalties)
 Russia/ Canada select 4

Source: IBSA Football - Results

  1. ^ Composed of players from Belgium, France, Germany and Austria.

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