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Facilitator

South Melbourne Football Club (in partnership with Australian Blind Football)

Description

Blind football is played by athletes who are blind or vision impaired.  There are two formats of the game:

  • blind football (B1)
  • vision impaired/partially sighted football (B2/B3).

Blind football (B1) is an internationally recognised sport at the Paralympics, played outdoors by athletes who are blind or partially vision impaired on a 40m x 20m pitch, with side kickboards and 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.

Vision impaired/partially sighted football (B2/B3) is played by athletes who are vision impaired to Futsal rules with minor modifications. An audible ball which makes a rattling noise is used, allowing players to locate it by sound.

Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria works with Football Victoria, South Melbourne Football Club and Australian Blind Football to provide opportunities for people with a vision impairment of all ages to play football.  The sport will help:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • improve orientation and mobility
  • heighten your spatial awareness and echo location

Australian Blind Football 4 All, or ABF4ALL, is a new initiative of Australian Blind Football. ABF4ALL aims to increase grassroots participation in football (soccer) by people who are blind or partially sighted, regardless of age, gender or ability. The Melbourne ABF4ALL sessions will be run in partnership with South Melbourne Football Club, with support from Football Victoria. 

When

Sundays from 10am to 1pm

April to October (Kick-off session Sunday 28 March)

Monthly kids sessions (calendar available upon registering)

Where 

Location: South Melbourne FC, Albert Park Synthetic Football field, Albert Park, VIC 3206

Public transport:

Tram – Route 96, stop 131 (Fraser Street). Walk 300 metres to football field

Cost of activity

Low cost registration fee (to be confirmed)

Contact Person 

Skip Fulton, Football Coordinator – All Abilities, South Melbourne Football Club (skip@smfc.com.au) or Amir Abdi, Blind Football Project Coordinator, Football Victoria (Amir.Abdi@footballvictoria.com.au)

Additional Information

Australian Blind Football provides an opportunity for people of all ages who are blind or vision impaired to learn and develop their football skills. ABF4ALL training sessions also provide a pathway into other participation opportunities that are available in Melbourne, including:

  • Clubs participating in Football Victoria's All Abilities League, which have coaches who have received vision impaired football specific coach education
  • And, National Camps and Championships in blind football and partially sighted futsal

How to Get Involved

Visit Organiser website

Make an enquiry

Interested? Please fill out the below form to enquire. 


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