People who take
part in blind football are classified, according to their level
of sight, as B1, B2 or B3. Players in the B1 classification are
considered blind (while those rated B2 and B3 are classified as
visually impaired or partially sighted).
The game is played on a solid surface
are five players in each team
players are B1, but must wear eye-patches and blindfolds
goalkeeper is sighted, but cannot leave the area •
are no off-side rules
football contains ball bearings so that it makes a noise when
Players whose eyesight is classified B2 or B3 qualify as partially
Games are played on indoor pitches with a size-4 ball, designed
to bounce less than a normal one.
ball is allowed to go above head-height and there are corners
and throw-ins, as in FIFA games.
are sighted, but not allowed to leave their areas
& hearing impaired
game is played according to the normal FIFA rules
Players must be ambulant
There are seven players on each side
There two halves of 30 minutes each
There is no off-side
Players are allowed to roll or throw the ball back into play (to
aid players with hemaplegia, paralysis down one side of the body).
Outfield players are either above-
or below-knee single-leg amputees.
must play without prostheses on aluminium wrist-crutches.
goalkeepers are single-arm amputees
There are two halves of 25 minutes each
are no off-sides
There are seven players on each side with unlimited substitutions
Pitch and goal sizes are different – usually 60m by 40m
The goalkeeper is not allowed out of the penalty area
are not allowed to strike the ball or a player with their crutches.
are not allowed
Players kick the ball into play instead of throwing
are not allowed to touch the ball with their stump
The goalkeeper is not allowed to save the ball with his/her stump
Players must have an intellectual
disability, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
To meet this standard the player’s IQ score must be within
or below the range of 70-75. Their
intellectual disability must have been evident during the developmental
period (0-18 years). Players must be in receipt of at least two
of the following: special education; special accommodation; special
employment, special protection; respite care; financial support.
The game is played according to the normal FIFA rules