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Blind Football

Blind Football (B1) is an internationally recognised sport played at the Paralympics. It is played outdoors by athletes who are totally blind (B1) 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.

 

Blind Football Competition

There is currently no opportunities for competitive Blind Football in Victoria. As the sport continues to grow and participation numbers increase the potential for competitive games may eventuate.

The team at Australian Blind Football are in the planning process for a National league that would allow teams from various states to be able to play competitively. Brisbane Olympic FC , Perth SC and Adelaide Comets are existing football clubs who have invested in the Australian Blind Football program and may join the league.

Australian Blind Football inconjunction with the Australian Paralympic Commitee conducts multiple National Training Camps throughout the year. Based in Melbourne, these camps provide the opportunity for players to train at an advanced level and push for selection as part of the national squad.

 

Blind Football Team

The South Melbourne FC Blind Football Team trains on a regular basis to prepare players for National Training Camps and for the future introduction of a competitive league. The squad trains under a qualified Blind Football coach on a fortnightly basis between April and September. All training is overseen by Australian Blind Football to ensure our players can reach the highest standard they can.

Whilst we actively support our players to reach the stanard to join the national squad, we place a greater emphasis on welcomeing new players to the sport. We have a number of kids and social players who are trying the sport for the first time or join us for some casual activities.

 

Amir Abdi – Blind Footballer for South Melbourne FC and the Australian National Team
Amir Abdi – Blind Footballer for South Melbourne FC and the Australian National Team

Blind Football Equipment

There is no special equipment required to participate in All Abilities Football.

In competition, outfield players wear eye-shades to ensure equality across all players. Where required these will be provided by Australian Blind Football.

South Melbourne FC will provide registered players with a training jersey or a full playing kit depending on their level of participation.

 

Blind Football Costs to Play

Football Victoria

There is an annual player registration fee levied by Football Victoria. This player registration fee provides insurance cover for players. South Melbourne FC incoporates this fee as part of the players club registration fee, and makes the payment to Football Victoria on the players behalf.

South Melbourne FC

South Melbourne FC subsidises the playing costs for Blind Football players to reduce barriers to them participating in the sport. This fee for 2021 is of $50 and is payable to the club at the time of registration. This may be claimable under the players NDIS plan.

 

Brendan Spencer – Blind Footballer for South Melbourne FC and the Australian National Team

How to get involved

We welcome all ages, all genders and all abilities to join us.

We encourage anyone interested in knowing more to come along to any of training sesisons to understand what its all about. This is free and you are under no obligaiton to participate or join in. All of our players and volunteers are happy to have a chat and share their experiences.

You can read the latest articles of our All Abilities Program by visting our Latest News page and visting our All Abilities Program Overview page to understand what else South Melbourne FC has to offer.

You can keep up-to-date with the teams activities on their Facebook page and you can send us a message with any questions you may have.

Join us. Lodge an expression of interest…

You can lodge an Expression of Interest here.

You can contact our All Abilities Football Coordiantor Skip Fulton via email at all.abilities@smfc.com.au and he will reply or call you to discuss any queries you may have.

 

Key Dates

All training days are in Albert Park.

Sun 21 March 2021           Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 11 April 2021              Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 18 April 2021              Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 21 May 2021               Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 9 May 2021                 Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sat-Sun 15-16 May 2021    National Training Camp
Sun 23 May 2021                Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 30 May 2021                Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 6 June 2021                  Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 20 June 2021                Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Fri-Sun 25-27 June 2021     National Training Camp
Sun 4 July 2021                   Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 11 July 2021                 Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 18 July 2021                 Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 25 July 2021                 Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 1 August 2021              Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 8 August 2021              Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 15 August 2021            Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 22 August 2021            Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 29 August 2021            Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Fri-Sun 3-5 Sept 2021         National Training Camp
Sun 12 September 2021      Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 19 September 2021      Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 26 September 2021      Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 3 October 2021            Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Sun 10 October 2021          Training and Free Introductory Session 10am – 1pm
Fri-Sun 15-17 Oct 2021       National Training Camp