The Association was established in the year 2019 through the initiative of the blind footballers and their coach. The objective was to promote State and national-level blind football activities. The Association is registered as a non-profit body under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 1975.
Football for the blind and partially sighted, which started out as a playground game for pupils in special schools for the visually impaired, has now become one of the most popular sports for people with a visual impairment worldwide.
Today, several of the greatest football clubs has integrated a team for blind football, and the sport is rapidly growing all over the world.The game was taken up in several countries, each playing according to local rules (different balls and pitches, playing surfaces, rules varied from country to country, etc.).A few countries, such as Spain and Brazil, set up national championships, and soon countries began to organize the first friendly international matches.
Spain are considered the pioneer of blind football, having played the sport since the 1920s. Brazil, on the other hand, started developing blind football 5-a-side in the 1960s and held the first national tournament in 1974.After the sport joined the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) in 1996, the first international competitions were held.In 1997, the first IBSA European Championships took place in Barcelona, Spain.Whilst Asuncion, Paraguay, hosted the first American Championships.
One year later, the first IBSA World Championships were held in Brazil. Since its inaugural edition, this competition has been dominated by Brazil, who have won four world titles, whilst rivals Argentina, have claimed two and Spain. Today, Brazil are given a run for their money as some of the world’s strongest football nations are also among the very best at blind football: Argentina, Spain, France, England… followed by countries such as Russia, Turkey, Iran, Morocco, China, and Japan. At the Asian level China dominates the competitions with Iran, Japan and South Korea.
The introduction of the sport to the Summer Paralympics, at Athens 2004, was undoubtedly the most significant moment in the history of blind football and attracts the maximum spectators at the Paralympic games.
"In India the game of blind football is being promoted by the Indian blind football association IBFF based out of Kochi. IBFF has been regularly organizing exhibition matches, regional and national level tournaments, coaches and referee’s education programs. IBFF runs a residential academy in Kochi where talented players who are spotted at the IBFF tournaments are invited to train and have the opportunity to be considered for the national team. Currently 22 Indian states are registered with IBBF to develop blind football in India. The Indian national blind football team is currently ranked 6th in Asia"
IBSA Blind Football is offering a six-hour on-line introductory course in officiating to bring new referees on board, giving aspiring officials the chance to learn the basics of the game.
The first session is on March 29th, 2021 (Monday)