Football five-a-side has been a Paralympic sport since the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
Football five-a-side is played between two teams with four players who are blind, as well as one sighted or visually impaired goalkeeper. Additionally, each team has a guide behind the opponent’s goal to direct the players when they shoot.
The rules are similar to the FIFA Futsal game except there are five players per side, the field of play is smaller, all team members except the goalkeeper play with eyeshades, the ball makes a noise when it moves and there is no offside rule.
For more information on Football five-a-side Eligibility and How to Get Involved please see the Football five-a-side Information Sheet (PDF – 99KB) – updated August 2021.