Football for the blind started out as a playground game for individuals in schools for the visually impaired. It has now become one of the most popular sports for people with a visual impairment worldwide. A few countries, such as Spain and Brazil, set up national championships.
Blind football - or futsal, as it is also known - became an official IBSA sport in 1996 when the federation decided to take the game on board. IBSA has two types of football - B1 for footballers who are completely blind, and B2/B3 for players who are partially sighted.
Currently in the USA there are only 4 blind soccer (blind football) teams, including ours. Working with USABA
(The United States Association of Blind Athletes) Ohio has brought a Blind Soccer Team to the USA. Our team is located in Columbus, OH. Within the last month, due to our National Blind Sports Day on October 6th, we have gained seven blind athletes and four volunteers.
The Ohio Blind Soccer Team is looking for funding to provide equipment, space, and travel expenses. These funds are ongoing as the team plays year round. Our current wish list includes:
Uniforms + soccer equipment- $400
Indoor Turf Field Expenses for 6 Months- 2,400
Travel Expenses to Maryland & Canada- $6,500
Right now we are hoping to raise 5,000 over the holiday season.
Feel free to look us up via our website and social media. Our Coach, Katie Atkinson, is happy to respond to any questions. Ohio Blind Soccer Website
Facebook- Ohio Blind Soccer- Five Aside Football