Blind Football in India

International Tri Nation Blind Football Tournament at Kochi, Kerala 1st - 4th Dec'16

Malaysia emerges champions !

Malaysia beat debutants Laos 2-1 in the penalty shootout of the Finals of the India International Tri Nation Blind Football Tournament at Kochi on 4th Dec'16 ( Sunday). Malaysia who had beaten India and Laos in the pool games and Laos who were a surprise package with their closely fought 1-0 win against India competed the full 40 mins hard and almost equally. The Finals had to go into the Penalty Shootout with Laos missing two of their penalty shots and Malaysia converting two of the shots. Ahmad Fikri Omar who scored two goals in the pool games and one in the penalty shootout emerged at the Golden Boot winner. The tournament gave an opportunity for the teams to bring through new players with a view of improving the standard in the future.

Match Results :

1st Dec - India vs Laos ( 0-1 ) Scorer : Somsak
2nd Dec - India vs Malaysia ( 1-3) Scorers : Pankaj Rana (Ind), Ahmad Fikri Omar, Azril Che Ibrahim, Azril Che Ibrahim (Mas)
3rd Dec - Malaysia vs Laos ( 1-0) Scorer : Ahmad Fikri Omar
4th Dec - FINALS - Malaysia vs Laos ( 0-0 Full time) - Penalty Shootout 2-1 Malaysia Winners !

Read the full Report at : International Tri Nation Blind Football Tournament at Kochi Report

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Blind Football Kolkatta & North East Tour - Sept'16

The Kerala Blind Football Federation undertook an awareness roadshow and blind football camp to Kolkatta ( 10th & 11th Sept) and to the North East - Tura, Meghalaya (12th Sept), Guwahati ( 13th & 14th Sept), Shillong (15th & 16th Sept) & Imphal ( 17th & 18th Sept'16). The tour involved playing demonstration games with the Kerala Blind Football Team playing with the local sides, distribution of Blind Footballs and training the trainers.
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Read the full Report at : North East Blind Football Tour Report

All India Invitational Blind Football Tournament - 26th April to 1st May '16

Society for Rehabilitation of the Visually Challenged (SRVC) Kerala emerged as champions in the finals of the All India Invitational Blind Football Tournament at the Aluva Blind School Grounds, Kochi held on 1st May ’16. The Kerala team beat the young team from NIVH Dehradun in a sudden death penalty shootout with Renjith E R scoring the vital penalty kick against the sighted goalkeeper Gambhir from the opposition team. This is SRVC Kerala’s first title as National champions after ending twice runners up at the Nationals held earlier.

Sokvinder of NIVH Dehardun was adjudged the Best Player of the Tournament as the event with his consistent overall performance through the tournament. Abhimanyu Naskar won the Golden Boot for his five field goals for CAB Kolkatta in the earlier games. The Event brought in around 80 participants and instructors from around the country including teams from Delhi, Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Kolkatta, Mumbai, North East, Bangalore and Kerala. The event was held between 26th April to 1st May and an orientation camp was also conducted by international trainer Mr Loo W K from Malaysia, to better explain all rules, tactics and help improve the game as we aim to build a stronger national side.

In the semi-finals – SRVC Kerala beat Cricket Association for the Blind Kolkatta in the first match in a penalty shootout with Indian International C S Falhan winning the match with his successful spot kick. Aneesh M K was outstanding throughout the game while Abhimanyu Naskar, Tournament top scorer playing an all round power packed game. The second semi-final featured NIVH Dehradun playing Prawlajit Foundation New Delhi with the young side from Dehardun prevailing in a dramatic penalty shoot out over an experienced Delhi side.

The tournament brought to the fore some exciting talents from all across the country including some young players. The tournament was inaugurated by brand ambassador Ms Shriya Saran ( Bollywoord actress) on 26th April who attended a press conference held and launched the event open.

KBFF plans to start the first Blind Football Academy in the country in the future with vocational training that can offer employment as well as blind football training on an ongoing basis to help develop the national side further.

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Asian Blind Football Championships and Rio Paralympics '16 Qualifiers ,Tokyo : 2nd - 7th Sept '15 - A Report

India ranked 25th in the World, source : IBSA Blind Football Rankings as of Jan'16

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Rio Paralympics'16 Preparatory Camp at Kochi and Asian Championships at Tokyo - 2nd to 7th Sept'15

Eighteen players chosen from the National Blind Football Tournament earlier in 2015 were invited to the training camp held at Regional Sports centre football grounds at Kochi between 8th to 29th Aug. For the very first time side kick boards kick boards were used for the two long sides (40 meters each) at the venue specific goal posts which were of handball posts size . The camp was hosted by SRVC and an International Blind Sports Instructor and Referee Mr Loo W.K from Malaysia conducted the camp. Players from Delhi, Jodhpur, Dehradun, Kolkatta, Mumbai and Kerala including two sighted goal keepers attended the camp in the first phase. A press conference was held on 13th Aug, where brand ambassador for Blind Football Ms Shriya Saran, Bollywood actress welcomed the players and the initiative. CGH Earth Casino Hotel were the hospitality partners for this project. Mr Biswanath Sinha, Associate Director Tata Trusts Mumbai attended a blind-folded penalty interaction between the players and the public, to create awareness about the game.

The final shortlisted eight players from the initial training camp went through their final training phase for the last 10 days with the two sighted goalkeepers and the team left for Tokyo from Kochi on 29th Aug. The final 8 members had players from Delhi, Dehradun, Kolkatta and Kerala. Sunil. J. Mathew, Head Coach, M. C. Roy, Manager , Ravi Cosul ( Assistant Coach) and David Absalom ( Chief-de-Mission) accompanied the players as the officials on the trip.

The tournament kicked off with India taking on Korea in an entertaining match. The team played well to hold the powerful team to a goal lead at half time but in the end failed to hold on and lost the match 6-0. The second game the following day was against Malaysia, whom the team had played well before. Both the teams played well through the 50 minutes with the Indian team narrowly losing 1-0 on a well worked field goal by Malaysia. The Indian defence led by Krishen Kumar Yadav (Captain), Muhmd Salim Khan, Sameer Khan and the goalkeeper Melson Jacob had two exceptional games. The third game was World No 5 and previous champions Iran - the team was routed out 10- 0 with the Iranians running riot with their superior ball control and physical fitness. The next game for the Indians was against the local hosts, Japan. An almost filled up stadium greeted the players with loud cheering and drum beats encouraging the players. The Japanese led 2-0 at half time and even though the Indian attack showed some promise with teenager Pankaj Kumar making darting moves to the opponents defense, the team finally succumbed 0- 5 to an experienced attack from the host team. The last league game for the Indians were against China, World no 3. Goalkeeper Sanjay Saji made some outstanding saves and an incredible first half performance saw the Indians hold the mighty Chinese goal-less but an all out attack from the World giants saw the Indian team fall short and finally lose 0-4 to the mighty strong team. The good performance against China gave the team confidence as India took on Malaysia in the last match for the 5th and 6th position. The teams were locked goalless with the players in the defence Ananthu and Ramdass playing well till the last 5 minutes when an unfortunate penalty called by the referee saw a goal scored by the Malaysians and the team lose 0-1 in a close, hard fought game with Falhan C S and Abhimanyu Naskar, the Indian forwards almost scoring through his attacking moves. Iran won the tournament beating China in a penalty shootout with both teams booking their places at Rio'16. Korea beat Japan to stand at third position. Though the tournament turned out win-less for the team, the experience and exposure playing some of the best in the world will definitely hold the team in good stead for the future. The players gained immensely from this International Tournament exposure as they gained confidence and were determined to succeed in the future.

The tournament also saw some promising players come forward and play fearlessly. The Indian embassy officials at Tokyo were also present for the league game against Malaysia to cheer the team. They were extremely happy to see the team represent the country and have promised to work on setting up for a formal independent federation to promote Blind Football in the country and build a strong team for the future. The meeting held to highlight the lack of support from the Government towards differently abled sports and also use the media and forums discuss ideas to improve support towards the game.

The next goal is to encourage Blind Football training camps across the country especially in the North East of the country and take this initiative forward. The goal would be to distribute blind footballs across blind schools with corporate support and conduct blind football training sessions to physical instructors across so that the game can be encouraged and new talents brought forward through blind organisations. The setting up of an independent Blind Football Federation to attract government and corporate financial support for the game is the next goal and efforts are on to bring more talents to the fore, to get recognised at the highest level playing for the nation and thereby encourage in economic rehabilitation.

Malaysia and Hong Kong International Blind Football Tour - Dec '14

The Team India SRVC Blind Football team completed its successful tour to Malaysia and Hong Kong in Dec '14.

The Tour proved to be a fantastic experience for the boys giving some great exposure playing some of the best Asian Blind Football teams (China, Thailand, Malaysia etc).

The tour began on 13th Dec'14 with a friendly game against Malaysia arranged through the Malaysian Blind Sports Association at the DBKL Sports complex in Kuala Lumpur. The Indian Ambassador to Malaysia His Excellency Shri Thrimurti was present too at the game. He was thoroughly impressed with the effort put in by the SRVC India team and promised support from the Govt side to further developer the game. Team Malaysia won the game 2-0 with goals at the end of each half ( of 25 mins each). The Indian Team playing its first International game after more than a year was coached by Sunil. J. Mathew and managed by M. C. Roy. Dhanaram, the young defender from Jodhpur, who had worked his way into the team suffered an early blow with a head on collision in the second minute of the game. He was rushed to hospital and did not play a role in the rest of the game. The rest of the team fought hard with the stand in sighted keeper Sanjay making some fantastic saves. The Friendly helped the team plan for the rest of the Hong Kong tour.

The Hong Kong started on 16th Dec with a game against World No 4 China - the team did what they could to hold off a masterly performance by the World Championships Semi-finalists but suffered a heavy defeat. Next up was a game against Hong Kong, the local team which Team India won 1-0 with a field goal scored by M S Ranjith beating the home team. This game was watched by the Indian Consulate Officials who were impressed with the team's tenacity and will to succeed. Next day was a game against Malaysia which the team showed an improved performance and and narrowly got beaten 0-1 denying a third place finish. Next was a game against Thailand, where too the Indian boys fought hard eventually losing by a respectable scoreline.

The overall Fourth Place finish was an improvement over the previous tour performances and this provided great exposure and this would definitely inspire more young blind footballers to play to their full potential for the future.


Past Events

The Indian Blind Football Team entered the semi-finals and finished fourth in its first ever international tournament outing which featured national teams from Iran, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam at Bangkok between 19th and 22nd Aug 2013. India happened to the Only team which fielded partially sighted goalkeepers while all the other teams had sighted keepers.The was a team put together by SRVC and IBSA ( Indian Blind Sports Association, New Delhi ).AirAsia came forward as the airline sponsorship while all the sportswear and team kits were sponsored by Adidas.

The goal of the initiative is to create awareness of the sporting abilities of the visually challenged and also bring to the fore talented blind footballers some of them who have lost sight late in life due to accidents, illness etc and give them an opportunity to play the game and represent the country

About Blind Football

Blind Football is an exciting, fast paced 5-a-side football played by visually impaired athletes using a ball with a noise-making device inside. Played on a smaller pitch on an enclosed court, the game was only introduced as a Paralympic event in 2004. There is more dribbling and short passing than in the mainstream sport, and crowds remain quiet during play to ensure that players can hear the ball, their team-mates and opposition players. Matches are played between two teams, ground size of 40 m X 20 m, each with four outfield players and a goalkeeper. The outfield players are visually impaired (VI) and wear eyeshades to ensure fairness; however, the goalkeeper may be fully or partially sighted. The pitch is surrounded with a rebound wall; the sport is played with no throw-ins and no offside rule, which ensures non-stop action. Matches are played over two halves of 25 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for half-time. All players are blindfolded before a game so that this becomes a ‘level playing field’ for all players – partial or fully blind

Genesis of the Indian National Blind Football Team

The first steps to put together an Indian National Blind Football team was taken by SRVC ( Society for Rehabilitation of the Visually Challenged) together with IBSA ( Indian Blind Sports Association, New Delhi ) in 2013.The Indian team drew with Hong Kong 1-1 in its first game, where Delhi star Ankur shot the lone goal. The team lost to hosts Thailand and had to come through a penalty shootout with Hong Kong and Naufal T N ( from the SRVC Kerala Team) slamming home the deciding penalty to ensure a semi-final spot. Though the team lost to eventual tournament top-seeds and world no 5 Iran in the semi-finals, this proved to be a great exposure to the team.