GB's Dave Clarke takes a shot during london 2012. All players are blindfolded except for the goalkeeper
Football 5-a-side

Football 5-a-side

Introduction

Played by athletes who have visual impairments, the game uses a special ball with a bell inside that makes a noise as it moves to guide the players.

Matches are played between two teams, each with four athletes who have a B1 level of visual impairment and one goalkeeper who can be sighted or visually impaired (plus five substitutes).

Sport Details

The Rules

The goalkeeper must stay in his penalty area throughout the game, but can issue instructions to outfield players. Each team also has a guide behind the opponent’s goal to direct the players when they shoot.

As the pitch is surrounded with a rebound wall, there are no throw-ins, which results in a flowing and fast-paced spectacle. There is also no off-side rule.

Matches are played over two halves of 25 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for half-time. In the event of a draw, the match may go to penalties. Penalties are also awarded if a player touches their eyeshade, if the goalkeeper steps outside their area or if a player kicks or pushes an opponent.

Before attempting to tackle, players must shout the word ‘voy’ so that the person they are attempting to tackle is aware. This is designed to prevent injuries wherever possible. Players committing five fouls during one game are disqualified from the game.

All players must be B1 level of visual impairment, although all outfield players wear eye shades to make sure they compete on equal terms.

Goalkeepers can be are fully-sighted or visually impaired.

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