What is Goalball?

Goalball is an exciting Paralympic, indoor, 3-aside team sport, of attack and defend – with a unique twist! The sport was originally devised in 1946 to help rehabilitate soldiers who had lost their sight during the war. It has been played throughout the world ever since, at the highest level, by people who are blind or partially sighted.

How do I play Goalball?

Goalball is a truly inclusive sport in that fully sighted players can also play domestically. This is because everybody is required to wear eye shades so that nobody can see. Players therefore have to rely entirely on their other senses.

The ball contains internal bells so players are able to track its movement by its sound, whilst the court is marked out with tactile lines so players can feel where they are. The idea of the game is quite simply to score goals by bowling the ball along the floor, past the opposing team.

Where can I play Goalball?

To find your nearest Goalball club, please visit the club teams section of the Goalball UK website or register your interest by calling 0114 223 5670 or emailing enquiries@goalballuk.com.


There are 3 levels of play within the Goalball UK National League (Novice, Intermediate & Elite) with competitions at all levels, throughout each season regionally and nationally.

Goalball UK also runs a number of individual entry tournaments that allow players to play with players from other clubs across the country.

For information about the domestic league and competitive playing opportunities, please contact Goalball UK on 0114 223 5670 or email enquiries@goalballuk.com.