Blind football team want more players

Blind football team want more players

by Tom Martin (October 2021)

A FOOTBALL club based in Sefton for blind and partially sighted players wants to expand and find more people to get involved.

Merseyside Blind and Visually Impaired FC is self-run club who play at Netherton Activity Centre.

They have both a blind and partially sighted team and travel across the country for league matches.

They  also travel  to take part in international tournaments, including in Belgium and Germany, where they face off against teams from around the world.

The club was formed in 2010 by Ray Turner and Matt Cliffe and volunteers who run the club told the Champion they only have one message for anyone thinking about taking part in football: “if you want to play you should because you can achieve so much.”

Head coach Steven Cushion said: “We are such a close knit group and really support each other.

“We have sessions every Saturday and welcome anyone from aged seven and upwards.

“If anyone would want to get involved, email merseyblindfc@ or contact the club through our social media pages.”

Merseyside Blind and Visually Impaired FC is a Charter Standard Club and compete in the Blind Football League and the Partially Sighted Football League.

Some of the rules to blind football include all players, except for the goalkeeper, wearing a blindfold.

The ball has been modified to make a jingling or rattling sound and players are required to say “voy” or “go”, or something similar when going for the ball to alert the other players about their position.

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