“Football 5-a-side”

Football 5-a-side made its Paralympic debut at the Athens Games in 2004 and is open to athletes with visual impairments.

There are five players on each team and the game lasts 50 minutes. Rules are similar to the able-bodied game with a few modifications. The ball makes noise when it moves and everyone, aside from the goalkeeper, uses eye shades to ensure fairness. The goalkeeper may be sighted and act as a guide during the game. Also, the measurements on the field are smaller and there are no offside rulings.
At the London 2012 Games, 64 athletes competed in the sport.

“Football 7-a-side”

Football 7-a-side has been a part of the Paralympic Games since 1984.
The sport, which is for those with cerebral palsy, is similar to football for able-bodied players with a few modifications. There are seven players on the field at a time rather than 11, the measurements of the playing field are smaller, there is no offside rule and throw-ins may be made with just one hand. Matches consist of two halves of 30 minutes each.
At the London 2012 Games, 64 athletes competed in the sport.

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