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    Football 5-a-side Classification

    Silvio Velo Silvio Velo at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images

    This is a brief overview of the sport and is in no way legally binding. In all cases the sport specific classification rules will take precedence. Should this page be out of date please contact classification@paralympic.org.

    Eligible impairment types:

    Visual Impairment

    Sport classes:

    Only athletes who have a B1 sport class may compete in Football 5-a-side. These athletes have a very low visual acuity and/ or no light perception.

    To ensure fair competition all players (except for the goal keeper) must wear eyeshades. This classification applies to the visually impaired field players. In addition, each team has a sighted, able-bodied goalkeeper, who does not need to undergo classification.

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