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What is visually impaired 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 league: B2, B3, B4 and B5 classified players can compete (athletes with some sight)A footballer shoots towards goal on an indoor pitch.

Taking part in visually impaired football is a great way to be active and meet other people with visual impairments. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, the football clubs will be happy for you to join.

How do I play visually impaired 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.

Partially sighted football (in the Partially Sighted Football League)

  • 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

Where can I play visually impaired Football?

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 we organise the Partially Sighted Football League. We also host an annual junior 5-a-side tournament which is open to all players under the age of 18.

To find your nearest club or if you want more information about blind or partially sighted football, contact us via telephone or email. If you are specifically interested in the Partially Sighted Football League, then either contact us or email Dan Pack, the league’s club secretary.
Partially Sighted Football League Results

To compete in the blind or partially sighted league, you will need a sight classification. This ensures all of the footballers are playing in a fair and equal competition. Classifications can often be expensive, but if you become a British Blind Sport member, sight classifications for these national leagues are included for free!
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