Email: 
murray@blindsports.org.au
Phone: 
(03) 9822 8876
Contact: 
Murray Turner
Category: 
Football (soccer)
Location: 
Preston , VIC
Australia
Victoria AU
Description: 

Blind Soccer is played by visually impaired athletes on a 42m x 22m soccer pitch. There are two teams of five; four outfield players and a goalkeeper.

Similar to goalball, the ball makes a sound to orient players. The outfield players wear eye-shades to equal their sight, but the goalkeeper can be fully or partially sighted. Throw-ins are replaced with a rebound wall, which means there are no pauses during play.

If a player commits five fouls they receive a red card and have to be substituted.

Blind Sports Victoria conducts a Junior Soccer Development Program at various times throughout the year. For further information on when the next program is occurring contact Blind Sports Victoria on 03 9822 8876 or email info@blindsports.org.au

Victorian Blind Soccer League:

In 2014, Blind Sports Victoria will host the inaugural season of the Victorian Blind Soccer League. The League will be an inclusive soccer league allowing visually impaired and sighted players to participate on the field at the same time. All players will be required to wear eye masks in accordance with the Blind Soccer rules approved by the International Blind Sports Federation.

For further information on the Victorian Blind Soccer League or to register your or your teams expression of interest email Blind Sports Victoria Senior Project Manager, Murray Turner at murray@blindsports.org.au

Youth

In 2014, Blind Sports Victoria developed a Vision Impaired MiniRoos program in partnership with the Preston Lions Football Club. This program ran from April through to August. A similar program will run at Preston in 2015, and Blind Sports Victoria will be working will local clubs in other regions of Melbourne to develop more Vision Impaired MiniRoos programs.

The clubs and locations that will provide the Vision Impaired MiniRoos programs in 2015 will be listed on this site in the new year, so check this site regularly to keep up to date. Or, to express your interest in participating in the Preston Lions program, or other new Vision Impaired MiniRoos programs due to commence in 2015 you can contact Blind Sports Victoria on 03 9822 8876 or email info@blindsports.org.au.

Adult

In September 2014, Blind Sports Victoria in partnership with Social Goal commenced an 8-week skill development program. If you are interested in participating in this program contact Blind Sports Victoria on 03 9822 8876 or email info@blindsports.org.au for more information or you can download the flyer and registration form on this page. The program will run until mid-November.

In 2015, Blind Sports Victoria will be creating a blind football league in partnership with Football Federation Victoria. The inaugural Victorian B League will start up in 2015 and will be an inclusive social competition, with sighted and vision impaired people participating together and will include men and women, making for a truly inclusive game for all. If you are interested in being kept up to date with information and events related to the Victorian B League contact Blind Sports Victoria on 03 9822 8876 or email info@blindsports.org.au. We are aiming high in 2015, with the launch of the Victorian B League while also developing pathways for vision impaired participants to represent their state and further representative opportunities.

Clubs

If your club is interested in providing a Vision Impaired MiniRoos program in 2015 or you are interested in supporting, or providing a team to compete in, the inaugural Victorian B League in 2015, contact Blind Sports Victoria Senior Project Manager, Murray Turner at murray@blindsports.org.au.