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    Goalball Classification

    USA women's Goalball USA women's Goalball © • Lieven Coudenys

    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 Should this page be out of date please contact classification@paralympic.org.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 Class:

    Athletes competing in Goalball all have varying degrees of visual impairment ranging from the B1-B3 sport classes.

    B1: These athletes have a very low visual acuity and/ or no light perception.

    B2: Athletes with a B2 sport class have a higher visual acuity than athletes competing in the B1 sport class and/ or a visual field of less than 5 degrees radius.

    B3: Athletes with a B3 (or equivalent) sport class have the least severe visual impairment eligible for Paralympic sport. They have the highest visual acuity and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees radius.

    In order to ensure a fair competition between the teams, all players must wear eyeshades during the game.

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