Blind Soccer

A growing library of blind soccer videos and documentaries can be found at the bottom of this page.

Blind soccer was introduced to Canada in 2014 as part of the 2015 Parapan Am Games promotion. Ironically it was the only sport that Canada did not enter a team in to compete. As a result of that promotion and then the subsequent legacy an estimated 1800 people (children, teachers, players, coaches and community leaders) have now experienced blind soccer. The legacy of those 2015 Games were approximately 40 audible balls, 20 eye shades, kick boards and official size goals. While the balls and eye shades have long been distributed to the blind community the kick boards and goals have been used in multiple games across Ontario.

Ontario has become a hub for blind soccer in Canada, although programs have previously existed in Quebec. Club programs currently exist at Pickering FC, North Mississauga SC and Kitchener SC. Clubs interested in starting a program can contact inquiries@soccabillity.ca.

In 2017 the Ontario Government first included blind soccer as part of the Ontario Parasport Games:

2017 Brantford, Ontario

Gold Medal: Shared between Kitchener SC and Ottawa Blind Soccer

3 head-to-head games ended in 0-0 scorelines

2019 Durham Region, Ontario

Gold: Kitchener SC

Silver: Pickering FC

Bronze: Ottawa Blind Soccer

2021 Mississauga, Ontario ( May,2022)

Teams tbd

2023 Durham Region, Ontario

Dates tbd

Blind soccer is regarded as one of the Paralympic Games most popular sports and played by 46 countries at international level. Blind soccer has the power to demonstrate the impact sport has from a myriad of angles -as an individual and as a society. Every session reinforces the power of football for good and that football is for everyone.

From Ontario:

Ottawa story from AMI

Ottawa Fury players on CBC

2019 Parasport Games from Pickering

Pickering Soccer Club with Global News

From Argentina:

Meet the National Team

From India:

The Blind Footballers of India documentary

From the USA:

USABA Camp at Maryland School for the Blind

From Australia:

Melbourne Blind Soccer program

From Germany:

‘Voy’ – a documentary

From the United Kingdom:

David Beckham tries blind soccer with England National Team

CTRL trains with England Blind National Team

From Brazil

New York Times article

From Czech Republic:

Budovice Cup 2013 documentary

From Malaysia:

Highlights at ASEAN Para Games

From Japan:

Blind Soccer sponsor Sansan

Anime story ‘Who is your hero?’

From Spain:

Barcelona FC try penalties with Spanish Paralympic team

From Italy:

Blind Football: A special day at AC Milan

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