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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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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)


  • 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


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.


  • 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.


  • 5-a-side football in itself is nothing new, but the Paralympic edition only came around in Athens 2004.
  • The rules may vary from regular football, but the champions do not. Brazil won in 2004 and 2008, with Argentina taking silver and bronze.

Find Blind Football Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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Primary Sports UK

Primary Sports UK

Working with children aged 2-16 years old across a range of different sports and activities.

Sport Works (Yorkshire) Ltd

Sport Works (Yorkshire) Ltd

Sport Works has a clear vision – to improve health, education and employment skills by harnessing the power of sport and leisure.

Aligned to this, we specialise in working with schools and disadvantaged/ disabled groups to improve health outcomes via

4 All Programme

4 All Programme

An inclusive sports coaching and education business. 4 All work within schools and community to promote physical and mental well being.

Active Future West Leeds

Active Future West Leeds

Providers of non traditional sports and activities. Supply PE, After School Clubs, extra curriculum activities

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