What is Goalball

What is Goalball

For those who are blind, goalball is a team sport. The game was created by German Sepp Reindle and Austrian Hanz Lorenzen in 1946 in an effort to help World War II soldiers get back on their feet.

Teams of three players play the game. A bell-equipped ball is rolled by athletes into the goal of the opposing team in an effort to score. Defenders who use their bodies to block these shots are guided by the sound of the bells attached to the ball.

To provide a level playing field, eyeshades and eye patches are necessary for all athletes, even those who are fully blind and partially sighted.


Athletes that match the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) classification requirements who are visually impaired or partially sighted are permitted to compete.

Game Regulations

There will be two halves of 12 minutes each, for a total game time of 24 minutes. Each side is allowed 3 field players and 3 substitution players. To enable the players to respond to the ball right away while play is underway, total silence is required. Five minutes before the game begins and 30 seconds before the first and second halves of the game, an auditory warning is delivered.

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