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Soccer 5-a-side

Blind Soccer Programs Popping Up Across U.S.

By: Muhammad Waheed, USABA Member and Contributor Blind Soccer, or five-a-side football, is a popular sport around the world. Similar to futsal, each team has four players who are blindfolded with goalies who can be sighted. Teams have three guides while playing. There are side boards along the perimeter of the field that keep the ball in play and maintain flow for the game. Learn the rules of blind soccer United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) noticed a lack of teams and blind soccer players in the U.S. and is motivated to change that. Earlier this year, USABA hosted…  Read More

Who Says You Have to See the Ball

By Muhammad Waheed (via Baltimore Watchdog) Tim Utzig, a 19-year-old sophomore at Towson University, has memories of playing indoor and outdoor soccer with friends when he was a child. He said that one of his best memories was scoring six goals in one game while playing for a travel team. Utzig’s time playing soccer decreased as he became visually impaired during the summer prior to his seventh-grade year. Utzig said he has Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and only played indoor soccer after his eyesight diminished because the league he played in was accommodating because it used a different color soccer ball.…  Read More

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