Paralympic association football

Paralympic football consists of adaptations of the sport of association football for athletes with a physical disability. These sports are typically played using International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) rules, with modifications to the field of play, equipment, numbers of players, and other rules as required to make the game suitable for the athletes.

The two most prominent versions of Paralympic football are 5-a-side football for athletes with visual impairments, and 7-a-side football for athletes with cerebral palsy.

5-a-side football

5-a-side football, also known as futsal and blind football, is an adaptation of football for athletes with visual impairments including blindness. The sport, governed by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), is played with modified FIFA rules. The field of play is smaller, and is surrounded by boards. Teams are reduced to five players, including the goalkeeper, per team. Teams may also use one guide, who is positioned off the field of play, to assist in directing players. The ball is equipped with a noise-making device to allow players to locate it by sound. Matches consist of two 25-minute halves, with a ten-minute break at half-time.

Football 5-a-side players are assigned to one of three sport classes based on their level of visual impairment:

  • B1 - Totally or almost totally blind; from no light perception up to light perception but inability to recognise the shape of a hand.
  • B2 - Partially sighted; able to recognise the shape of a hand up to a visual acuity of 2/60 or a visual field of less than 5 degrees.
  • B3 - Partially sighted; visual acuity from 2/60 to 6/60 or visual field from 5 to 20 degrees

Teams are permitted to use sighted athletes as goalkeepers and guides; sighted goalkeepers cannot have been registered with FIFA for at least five years.

Two types of competition exist. For Class B1 games, only athletes with sport class B1 are permitted as players, with the exception of the goalkeepers and the guides, who may be class B2, B3, or sighted. For Class B2/B3 games, teams can field players in sport classes B2 and B3; at least two B2 players must be on the field at all times.

5-a-side football in Europe was developed in Spain. The first Spanish national championships took place in Spain in 1986. In South America, there are records of a Brazilian Tournament organized in 1980. European and American Championships took place in 1997, followed by the first World Championships in 1998. The sport was added to the Summer Paralympic Games in 2004.

Brazil was champion of the world tournaments in 1998, 2000, 2010 and 2014[1] and Argentina won in 2004 and 2006.

IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Men's B1)

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
1998
Details

Campinas
 Brazil 1–0  Argentina  Spain 2–0  Colombia 6
2000
Details

Jerez
 Brazil 3–0  Argentina  Spain 4–0  Greece 8
2002
Details

Rio de Janeiro
 Argentina 4–2  Spain  Brazil 2–0  Colombia 9
2006
Details

Buenos Aires
 Argentina 1–0  Brazil  Paraguay 2–1  Spain 8
2010
Details

Hereford
 Brazil 2–0  Spain  China 1–0  England 10
2014
Details

Tokyo
 Brazil 1–0  Argentina  Spain 0–0 (2-0 in Penalty)  China 12
2018
Details

Madrid
 Brazil 2–0  Argentina  China 2–1  Russia 16

IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Men's B2/B3=Partially Sighted)

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
1998
Details

Campinas
 Belarus 3–2  Spain  Italy 9–2  Argentina 6
2002
Details

Varese
 Belarus 14–2  Russia  Spain 3–2  Brazil 12
2013
Details

Miyagi
 Russia 1–0 (AET)  Ukraine  England 14–0  Japan 4
2017
Details

Cagliari
 Ukraine 3–0  England  Russia 2–2 (2-1 in Penalty)  Spain 8
2021
Details

IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Women's B1)

not yet

IBSA Blind Football World Championships (Women's B2/B3=Partially Sighted)

not yet

Blind Football at the IBSA World Games

Men's B1

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
2007
Details

São Paulo
 Brazil 2–0  Argentina  Spain 0–0(1-0 in Penalty)  Japan 4
2011
Details

Antalya
 Iran 3–0  France  China 3–0  England 7
2015
Details

Seoul
 Argentina 2–1  United Kingdom  Spain 1–0  China 9
2019
Details

Men's B2/B3

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
2007
Details

São Paulo
 Belarus 1–1(3-2 in Penalty)  Ukraine  Spain 4–0  Brazil 4
2011
Details

Antalya
 Belarus 5–1  Ukraine  Spain 7–4  England 9
2015
Details

Seoul
 Ukraine 3–1  Spain  Italy 2–1  Japan 5
2019
Details

Women's B1

  • not yet

Women's B2/B3

  • not yet

IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships

Until 2017 only in Men's B1 (not Women's and not Men's B2/B3)

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
2005
Details

Ho Chi Minh City
 Japan Round Robin  South Korea  Vietnam Round Robin none 3
2007
Details

Seoul
 China 3–0  South Korea  Iran 1–0  Japan 4
2009
Details

Tokyo
 China 2–0  Japan  South Korea 0–0 (1-0 in Penalty)  Iran 5
2011
Details

Sendai
 China 1–0  Iran  Japan 2–0  South Korea 4
2013
Details

Beijing
 China 0–0 (3-2 in Penalty)  Japan  South Korea Round Robin none 3
2015
Details

Tokyo
 Iran 0–0 (1-0 in Penalty)  China  South Korea 0–0 (2-1 in Penalty)  Japan 6
2017
Details

Kuala Lumpur
 China 2–0  Iran  Thailand 2–0  South Korea 6

Blind Football at the Asian Para Games

Until 2014 only in Men's B1 (not Women's and not Men's B2/B3)

Year Venue Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
2010
Details

Guangzhou
 China 1–0  Iran  South Korea 0–0 (2-1 in Penalty)  Japan 5
2014
Details

Incheon
 Iran Round Robin  Japan  China Round Robin  South Korea 5

7-a-side football

7-a-side football is an adaptation of association football for athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, including stroke and traumatic brain injury. The sport is governed by the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CP-ISRA). The sport is played with modified FIFA rules. Among the modifications are a reduced field of play, a reduction in the number of players, elimination of the offside rule, and permission for one-handed throw-ins. Matches consist of two thirty-minute halves, with a fifteen-minute half-time break.

Players competing in 7-a-side football are given a sport class based on their level of disability. Eligible classes are:

  • C5: Athletes with difficulties when walking and running, but not in standing or when kicking the ball.
  • C6: Athletes with control and co-ordination problems of their upper limbs, especially when running.
  • C7: Athletes with hemiplegia.
  • C8: Minimally disabled athletes; they must meet eligibility criteria and have an obvious impairment that has impact on the sport of football.

Teams must field at least one class C5 or C6 player at all times. No more than one players of class C8 are permitted to play at the same time.

International competition in 7-a-side football began at the 1978 CP-ISRA International Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. The sport was added to the Summer Paralympic Games at the 1984 Summer Paralympics in New York City, U.S., and has been played at every Summer Games since.

World CP Football Championships

World Championships and International Cups

Year Host Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams Ref.
1982
Details

Greve (CPG)

Ireland
2–0
Netherlands

Belgium
no information available2 8 [2][3]
1986
Details

Gits (CPG)

Netherlands
3–0
Belgium

Ireland
3
Portugal
6 [2][3]
1990
Details

Assen (WC)

Netherlands
5–0
Ireland

Belgium
no information available2 5 [2][3]
1994
Details

Dublin (WC)

Netherlands
2–0
Ireland

Belgium
3
Spain
[2][3]
1998
Details

Rio de Janeiro (WC)

Russia
3–1
Ukraine

Brazil
3–2
Spain
11 [2]
2001
Details

Nottingham (CPG)

Ukraine
3–1
Russia

Brazil
2–0
Iran
13 [4]
2003
Details

Buenos Aires (WC)

Ukraine
3–1
Brazil

Russia
2–1
Argentina
[2]
2005
Details

New London (CPG)
/
Russia Ukraine
no score found /
Russia Ukraine

Iran
9–0
Netherlands
13 [3]
2007
Details

Rio de Janeiro (WC)

Russia
2–1
Iran

Ukraine
2–0
Brazil
16 [2][5]
2009
Details

Arnhem (IC)

Ukraine
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(9–8 p.)

Russia

Iran
1–0
Brazil
12 [6]
2011
Details

Assen, Emmen, Hoogeveen (WC)

Russia
6–1
Iran

Ukraine
8–3
Brazil
16 [2][7]
2013
Details

Sant Cugat del Vallès (Cup)

Ukraine
1–0
Brazil

Russia
4–0
Ireland
16 [8]
2015
Details

Burton-upon-Trent (WC)

Russia
1–0
Ukraine

Brazil
6–0
Netherlands
16 [2][9]
2017
Details

San Luis (WC)

Ukraine
1–0
Iran

Russia
2–0 England 16 [10]
2019
Details
not forgiven (Cup) Future events Future events
2020
Details
not forgiven (Top8) Future events Future events 8
2021
Details
not forgiven (WC) Future events Future events
2023
Details
not forgiven (Cup) Future events Future events
2024
Details
not forgiven (Top8) Future events Future events 8
2025
Details
not forgiven (WC) Future events Future events
2 = There is no information on the homepage of the IFCPF
3 = no score found
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • p: after penalty shoot-out

See also

References

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