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Goalball is a sport that was devised in Europe. It is the only team sport played at the Paralympic level by vision-impaired people; and until recently internationally, cricket held its inaugural world cup last year. Read more about the history and rules of goalball.
Goalball is a three-on-three competition sport played on indoors primarily by blind and vision-impaired athletes. Games are of two ten minute halves, and are competitive and exciting to watch. Two teams play at each end of the 18 x 9 metre court (the same court size as a volley ball court). There are goals at both ends of the court covering the complete 9 metres in width and they are 1.3 metres high. Players are blindfolded with a blackened out ski masks to make the game fair, and to prevent any advantage to players with some sight.
The object is to throw the 1.25kg ball past the opposing team and into their goal. But, now you're probably asking yourself, "how do the players know where the ball is if they're blind and blindfolded?"
The answer is that the ball has bells inside that allow the players to hear it. When they hear the ball coming towards them, they dive, or lunge sideways, towards it to block and stop it with their body, arms and legs. If all three players miss the ball or if it bounces over them and it goes past the goal line, it is a goal. The team with the most goals wins the game. There are usually several games in a typical tournament. There is string taped to the court floor on playing lines in the Team Areas, that the players use to orient themselves to where they are on the court.