How can I carry on playing football?

Football can be adapted for people with sight loss by using an audible ball and standard five-a-side goals.

There are two versions of football for people with sight loss:

  • Blind football: only totally or almost totally blind athletes can compete
  • Partially sighted football league: athletes with some sight can compete

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

For players who are partially sighted, football is played :

  • Using a smaller, size 4 football
  • On an indoor pitch
  • With 5 partially sighted players per team

For players who are totally or almost totally blind, football is played :

  • With 5 players per team, 4 blind, outfield players and 1 sighted goalkeeper
  • Using ball bearings placed in the ball, to allow players to locate the ball

For more information about taking part in football for people with sight loss, customers in England, Scotland and Wales should contact British Blind Sport:

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