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Blind Football

While the core game remains the same as sighted football, there are a few alterations to make football accessible to people with visual impairments.

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Football

An Overview of Blind Football

There are two versions of football for people with visual impairments:

  • Blind football: Only B1 classified players can compete (totally or almost totally blind athletes)
  • Partially sighted football: B2 and B3 classified players can compete (athletes with some sight)

While the core game remains the same as sighted football, there are a few alterations to make football accessible to people with visual impairments.

Partially sighted football

  • Uses a smaller, size 4 football
  • Played on an indoor pitch
  • 5 partially sighted players per team

Blind football

  • 5 players per team
  • 4 blind, outfield players and 1 sighted goalkeeper
  • Ball bearings placed in the ball and make a noise when moving to allow players to locate the ball
  • Partially sighted football (in the Partially Sighted Football League)

Benefits

  • Health benefits of exercise and involvement in a sport
  • Increase the awareness of the abilities of players who have lost their sight from birth or acquired it after
  • Psycho-social health benefits with increased positivity, self-confidence and morale

Involvement

There are blind and partially sighted clubs competing in leagues and cups throughout the country. The National Blind Football League (for totally or almost totally blind people) is run by the FA, while British Blind Sport organise the Partially Sighted Football League.

Equipment

  • Shades are worn to equilise the sight of all outfield players.
  • A ball with a bell inside to emit a sound that helps orientate the outfield players.

Find Blind Football Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Charity arm of Leicester City Football Club delivery community and school based sports initiatives.

Leicester Sports Centre Ltd

LCW Vi Futsal Team

Philippa Bass

Disability Football Development Officer

0116 284 4952

Partners

  • Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
    Safeguarding
    Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Harborough LSA
    Active Partnerships
    Equality Standard
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • NWL LSA
    Active Leicester
    Melton LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth

Partners

  • Active Partnerships
    Equality Standard
  • Safeguarding
    Active Leicester
  • Melton LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Harborough LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Blaby LSA
    NWL LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Sport England
    Charnwood LSA