About blind football
Blind football is fast paced and as entertaining as its sighted counterpart. Played 5-a-side at international level, the only sighted player on the team is the goalkeeper, who cannot leave his area.
Blind football is known as B1, with players considered to have no sight. The classifications B2 and B3 relate to the version of the game played by those with partial sight. With the exception of the goalkeeper, B1 players wear eye patches and blindfolds during the games.
Players locate the ball, which contains a bell or ballbearings, purely by sound. They are directed around the pitch by other players, the manager, a shooting assistant behind the goal and the goalkeeper.
While the ball is in play the players require complete silence from spectators. This heightens the tension of the game and inevitably results in an explosion of noise when a goal is scored.
There are no offside rules in the game, and the pitch is surrounded by boards. Each half lasts for 25 minutes, though with the clock stopping whenever the ball goes out of play matches can last for significantly longer than 50 minutes.
International competition is becoming increasingly fierce, with increased financial investment from many countries. The level of play is constantly improving, as are the number of fans around the world.