Blind and Vision Impaired Football

Vision Impaired football is open to all players with vision impairments of any kind. It is played with an audible ball which makes a rattling noise, allowing players to locate it by sound. The sport of blind football is very much in its infancy in Melbourne and in Australia. FFV is working with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria to build the capacity of its member clubs to provide opportunities for people with a vision impairment of all ages to participate in football.

Blind Football is an internationally recognised sport played at the Paralympics. It is played outdoors by blind and partially vision impaired athletes on a 42m x 22m pitch with side kickboards and the use of an audible ball. There are two teams of five; four outfield players and a goalkeeper. The outfield players wear eye-shades to equal their sight and the goalkeeper can be fully or partially sighted.

Why play? Blind and Vision Impaired Football is guaranteed to:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Improve orientation and mobility
  • Heighten your spatial awareness and echo location

 

2017 Victorian B League

Who: men and women (16+) are invited to participate in this year's competition. This year's competition will be played to B2/B3 rules, where the game is played indoors with all levels of vision impairments welcome. Blindfolds will not be required.

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Come and Try: Sunday 2 and Sunday 9 April, 1:30pm IMG_3266

Registration Day: Sunday 23 April, 1:30pm

Competition Dates: Sunday 30 April to Sunday 9 July, 1:30pm

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Where: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, 30 Aughtie Drive, Melbourne. Please go to main reception and ask for directions to the Blind Football court.

By Tram:
Route 96 (East Brunswick to St Kilda Beach) – Stop 129
Route 12 (City to South Melbourne/St Kilda) – Stop 131

Registration and Cost: $30 per person, to be paid on the Registration Day or each week through Game Day Coordinator

 

Junior Blind and Vision Impaired Football

FFV is working with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria and Social Goal to build the capacity of member clubs to provide opportunities for people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to participate in football. The Junior Blind and Vision Impaired Football program is open to all children who are blind or vision impaired, aged 5-15. The program will provide children who are blind or vision impaired with the opportunity to play football in a fun and welcoming environment.

In 2017, FFV is trialing an 8 week Junior Soccer Program for children who are blind or vision impaired, aged 5 - 15. The program will be run by qualified soccer coaches in a fun and inclusive environment. The program is aimed at players who are new to football, no prior experience of blind or vision impaired football is required.

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Who: children aged 5 to 15 years. All levels of vision impairments are welcome  miniroos-group-medibank-1024x681

When: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Come & Try / Registration: Sunday 23 April

Program Dates

May: Sunday 7 and Sunday 21

June: Sunday 3, Sunday 18 and Sunday 25

July: Sunday 2, Sunday 16 and Sunday 30

Where: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre - 30 Aughtie Dr, Melbourne VIC 3206. Please follow signage inside the main building.

Cost: $20 per child, to be paid in cash upon registration

 

Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club (City Senses) melb beones logo

The Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club (City Senses) provides opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to play B1 blind football, the blindfolded version of blind football that is played at the Paralympics. Adults aged 16 and up who are totally blind or partially sighted can play, with the game played with an audible ball and side kick boards and all players (except the goalkeeper) required to wear a blindfold.

The 2017 season commences on Sunday 6 August 2-4pm. General skill training will take place between 2-3pm each week, followed by game based activities until 4pm. Training will shift to an early evening time slot once daylight savings commences.  Keep up to date with all of the 2017 details via our Facebook page listed below.

Location: Docklands multi-purpose sports field, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.

For more information contact melbournbeones@gmail.com or find Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club on Facebook.

City Senses is a City in the Community program.  In addition to supporting the Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club with training sessions, City Senses also provides a number of community based initiatives including a One City Disability Awareness program. The One City Disability Awareness program uses B1 blind football as a tool to educate schools students and aims to raise awareness about people with a disability, in particular blindness and vision loss. If you would like to hear more about the One City Disability Awareness program you can email CitySenses@melbournecityfc.com.au.

The Melbourne B1 Blind Football Club is supported by City in the Community, Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, Social Goal and FFV.

 

Other Helpful Information

Clubs, Coaches and Referees

Please contact Megan Smith, All Abilities Project Coordinator on 9474 1805 or msmith@ffv.org.au if:

  • You are a club who might be interested in getting involved in Blind and Vision Impaired Football
  • You are a Referee who is interested in refereeing the B-League
  • You are a Coach and would like to participate in further training or activities related to Blind and Vision Impaired Football. Also check out the Coaching Manual for Coaching Children with Vision Impairments.

Equipment

Blind and vision impaired football is played with an audible ball which makes a rattling noise. This allows players to locate it by sound. These balls are currently available by order through Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria on 03 9822 8876 or info@blindsports.org.au.

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