Goalball

"Quick reactions, strength, coordination, agility, strategy, and fearless team players."

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Inside Sports Goalball

Goalball is a sport unique to the Paralympic Games. It has been specifically developed for athletes with a visual impairment and therefore has no Olympic equivalent.

A powerful, dynamic sport, Goalball requires quick reactions, strength, coordination, agility, strategy, and fearless team players.

Goalball is a 3-a-side team sport, played by males and females on a court the size of a volleyball court. The goal is 9m wide, with a ball about the size of a basketball but double the weight and travelling up to 60mph. Players wear eye shades so rely on orientation by using the tactile court markings to ‘feel’ where they are on the court. The aim for each team is to score as many goals as possible, whilst using their bodies to block and save any shots against them.

Each game is 12 minutes per half. Goalball is the only Paralympic team sport for women with a visual impairment.

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