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Disability Football 5-a-side

Published: 2009-02-20 - Updated: 2020-03-15
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Synopsis: Blind Football 5-a-side is an adaptation of football for athletes with disability visual impairments including blindness. Football 5-a-side, governed by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), is played with modified FIFA rules. For Class B1 games, only athletes with sport class B1 are permitted as players, with the exception of the goalkeepers and the guides, who may be class B2, B3, or sighted.

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Football 5-a-side, governed by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), is played with modified FIFA rules.


The field of play is smaller, and is surrounded by boards.

Teams are reduced to five players, including the goalkeeper, per team.

Teams may also use one guide, who is positioned off the field of play, to assist in directing players.

The ball is equipped with a noise-making device to allow players to locate it by sound.

Matches consist of two 25-minute halves, with a ten-minute break at half-time.

Teams are permitted to use sighted athletes as goalkeepers and guides; sighted goalkeepers cannot have been registered with FIFA for at least five years.

Two types of competition exist:

Paralympic Football 5-a-side infographic

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Football 5-a-side players assigned to one of three sport classes based on their level of visual impairment:

Football 5-a-side in Europe was developed in Spain.

The first Spanish national championships took place in Spain in 1986.

In South America, there are records of a Brazilian Tournament organized in 1980.

European and American Championships took place in 1997, followed by the first World Championships in 1998.

The sport was added to the Summer Paralympic Games in 2004.

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