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IBSA World Blind Soccer Championship 2010 Video

Five-a-side soccer for visually impaired players was introduced at the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004.

In blind soccer, there are five on each side, a goalie and four outfield players. The goalie can be sighted or visually impaired and must stay in his designated goalie box. Players wear eye shields so as to take away any competitive advantage from those players that may have limited vision. There are no throw-ins, off sides and there is a wall surrounding the playing field which is smaller compared to a standard field. Each team has someone calling out instructions from behind one of the goals. The players can call each other either by name or by shouting “Yeah!” And when you’re approaching to engage another player to steal the ball, you must shout “Voy!” — Spanish for I’m here!

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