Kerala All set for Eighth National Blind Football Tournament

Published on: 30 Apr, 2013
Published under: Kerala Sports News

30 April 2013

Kerala is all set for eighth national football tournament being organised by the Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA) in New Delhi from May 13-18. The team, undergoing coaching at regional sports centre here now, has five members – four blind and one partially blind.

“As we don’t have a team, we decided to field one this time to represent the state. All players have lost sight late in life, so they have an idea of the game. We had called for volunteers and are training daily,” said Sunil J Mathew, secretary, society for rehabilitation of visually challenged (SRVC), Kochi.

David, who is here to coach the team, said the chances of injury are very high if the players don’t concentrate on the coach’s instructions. “While the game is on, we expect the audience to be completely silent so as not to disturb the players,” he said.

“The game is slightly different from the normal football as it has only five players, including the goalkeeper. The ball is slightly smaller and makes a sound of small iron ball-bearings clanging together. It does not bounce hard. The four players on the field are blindfolded so that they are totally blind. The goalkeeper is partially blind. The team coach stands behind the opposite team’s goalpost and shouts instructions, based on which the players move,” said A David, director-football, Indian Blind Sports Association, Delhi.

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