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Partially sighted/vision impaired football (B2/B3) is played by athletes who are vision impaired with rules similar to futsal with particular attention towards ensuring equal light on the court and utilising a futsal ball that provides good contrast with the playing surface.

 

Vision Impaired Football Competition

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

A National Championships for Partially Sighted (Vision Impaired) Futsal in Sydney is planned for the second half of 2021. The Victorian state team, representing Football Victoria will compete in this competition.

 

 

Vision Impaired Football Team

The South Melbourne FC Vision Impaired Football Team trains on a regular basis to prepare players for the National Championships for Partially Sighted (Vision Impaired) Futsal. The squad trains under a qualified Blind and Vision Impaired 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.

Vision Impaired players are also eligible to play in the Football Victoria All Abillities Team. As such our players also form part of our All Abilities Football program and the have the opportunity to participate on a social or competitive basis.

 

 

Steve Obeid – Vision Impaired Footballer for South Melbourne FC and the Austrlaian National Team
Steve Obeid – Vision Impaired Footballer for South Melbourne FC and the Austrlaian National Team

Vision Impaired Football Equipment

There is no special equipment required to participate in Vision Impaired Football.

South Melbourne FC will provide registered players with a training jersey or a full playing kit depending on their level of participation. Players are required to supply their own football boots and shin pads/guards.

 

Vision Impaired 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 Vision Impaired 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.

DateTimeActivity
Sun 21 March 202110am – 1pmTraining Session
Sun 11 April 202110am – 1pmTraining Session
Sun 18 April 202110am – 1pmTraining Session
Sun 21 May 202110am – 1pmTraining Session
Sun 9 May 202110am – 1pmTraining Session
Sat-Sun 15-16 May 2021All WeekendNational Training Camp
Sun 23 May 2021 10:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session (Cancelled due to COVID Lockdown)
Sun 30 May 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session (Cancelled due to COVID Lockdown)
Sun 6 June 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session (Cancelled due to COVID Lockdown)
Sun 20 June 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 11 July 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 25 July 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 8 August 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 22 August 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 29 August 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 19 September 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 3 October 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Sun 10 October 202110:30am – 12:30pmTraining Session
Fri-Sun 15-17 October 2021All WeekendNational Training Camp