Parasports World Spotlight: Blind Football World Cup
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
It's summer 2018 and the world talks football. This is mostly because the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ has just kicked off in Russia with 32 nations participating from 14th June to 15th July.
However, there is much more football going on these days. Because it is also the final days of the IBSA Blind Football World Championships taking place in Spain.
Photo description: Football players Mexico vs. Mali
What is blind football?
Football for blind and partially sighted persons has become one of the most popular sports for people with a visual impairment worldwide. With it, Blind Football has become one of the biggest sports on the Paralympic Games programme following its debut at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Summer Games.
International matches are played 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.
Photo description: Football players Turkey vs. Spain
Which countries compete in the 2018 World Cup?
The 2018 World Cup will be the first world championship in blind football competed by sixteen national teams, coming from four continents. The participating nations are: Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Thailand, Argentina, France, Colombia, Iran, CHina, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, England, Costa Rica and Mali.
What are facts that should not be missed?
So far, only Brazil (four times) and Argentina (twice) have lifted the World Cup. Spain is the only European country to have finished in the Top-3 in the history of the Blind Football World Cup.
Six football nations make their debut at the 2018 World Cup: Mexico, Russia, Mali, Costa Rica, Thailand and Iran. All the 2018 games can be watched live at the official Championships website. Watch here the Top 5 goals during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games:
Video description: Top 5 goals during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
When will the new Football World Champion be certain?
The 2018 World Cup final will take place on the 17th of June between Argentina and Brazil at 12:00 CET.
Where can you find out more about the 2018 World Cup?
Photo description: Official IBSA Blind Football World Cup 2018 logo
Photo credits: IBSA, IBSA Football and Madrid World Cup 2018
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