Only athletes who have a B1 sport class may compete in football 5-a-side as outfield players. These athletes have a very low visual acuity and/or no light perception.
Goalkeepers, on the other hand, must be fully or partially sighted (B2 or B3 category) and can act as guides as well.
To ensure fair competition all players (except for the goalkeepers) must wear eyeshades.
IPC classification webpage
Editor’s note: Each sport on the Rio 2016 Paralympic programme will have a dedicated week of featured content published on paralympic.org. Every week a new sport will be featured and the series will run until September’s Games, helping the public understand more about the 22 sports being contested in Rio.
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).
The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.