GOALBALL

DISABILITIES CATERED FOR BY SPORT:

Visually impaired athletes but eye shades are worn by all players for the duration of each half of the game.

HOW DOES THE SPORT WORK:

Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players each, with a maximum of three substitutes for each team. The game is played in a gymnasium on a court measuring 18.0m x 9.0m, which is divided into two halves by a centre line. Teams remain in their own half of the court during the game. The purpose of the game is for each team to throw the ball by hand, along the floor, with the intent of getting the ball across the opponent’s goal line while the other team attempts to prevent this from happening. The goals and nets extend right across the 9.0m width at each end of the court. The ball is made of hard rubber and has holes in it that allow bells inside the ball to be heard as the ball moves. The rules of the game are controlled by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). A game will be a total of 24 minutes divided into 2 halves of 12 minutes each.

HISTORIC PARALYMPIC REPRESENTAION:

Goalball was included in the Paralympic sport programme for the first time at Toronto 1976. Turkey are the 2016 Paralympic women’s goalball champions and Lithuania are the 2016 Paralympic men’s goalball champions

CONTACT PERSON IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR INTERESTED PERSON:

Thabiso Seapi seapit@fsworks.gov.za