World Grand Prix France 2022

The World Grand Prix France 2022 is an international blind football tournament that will take place from August 27 to September 3, 2022 in Schiltigheim, near Strasbourg.

The event will bring together five international teams, including France, to prepare for the future Paris 2024 Paralympics : adaptation of foreign teams and practice of high-level matches.

  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Romania
  • Japan
  • France

The competition will be organized as a classic football championship : all teams will compete together. The first two teams in the ranking will play the final. The third and fourth ranked teams will play the third place match. The fifth will remain fifth in the final ranking.

Visit of the facilities

Discover in video the future facilities of the World Grand Prix France 2022.

Information and registration

The tournament will take place at the “stade de l’Aar” in Schiltigheim, on the fields of the local club “Sporting Club Schiltigheim”.
For any information or registration request : wgpfrance@gmail.com

Order of play / results

Partners

This event will be organized in partnership with PUMA, the audiodescription association ASA France (All Service Access) and the City of Schiltigheim !

Schiltigheim city
PUMA

Autres partenaires :

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Past editions of the French National Blind Football Cup

Edition 2021

Edition cancelled due to the COVID 19 health crisis.

Edition 2020

Edition cancelled due to the COVID 19 health crisis.

Edition 2019

2018-2019 French National Cup

B1 category

Details of this competition

1° Preliminary phase

  • The teams were divided into 4 groupes (A, B, C and D)
  • In group C, the teams were separated by drawing lots because they were equal on points and also had the same goal difference.

2° Final phase

  • The 1st of group A plays the 1st of group B then the 1st of group C plays the 1st of group D.
  • Same for the teams ranked 2nd and 3rd in their group : 2A vs 2B, 2C vs 2D, etc…
  • Note : Toulouse was declared winner of the 3A vs 3B match because there was no third team in pool A

3° Ranking games (Sunday, April 28, 2019)

  • Final
  • Rank 3 et 4 (third place match)
  • Rank 5 et 6
  • Rank 7 et 8
  • Rank 9 et 10

Final ranking of the 2019 French National Blind football Cup

Classement Equipes
1Mérignac (SAM) – B1
2 Don Bosco Cécifoot Nantes – B1
3Précy-sur-Oise – B1
4Clermont-Ferrand – B1
5Cécifoot Saint-Mandé – B1
6Racing Club de Lens – B1
7Anderlecht 5 a side – B1
8 
ASECC/OC Ivry – B1
9 Toulouse Football Club – B1
10AVH Paris – B1
11 
SC Schiltigheim – B1

All the details by clicking on the links below :

2019 French National Blind football Cup

Final ranking of 2019 French national Cup

B2/B3 category

Details of this competition

1° Preliminary phase

  • Les équipes étaient réparties en 3 poules (A, B et C)

Final phase and ranking games (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019)

  • The top two group leaders (by points) play each other. The leader of the remaining group plays the best second of the groups. This constitutes the semi-finals and then the final.
  • The losers of the semi-finals will compete for places 3 and 4.
  • Then come the classification matches with a triangular tournament for the places 5 to 7 then the particularity that the 2 least good third of the group play a mini-tournament round trip to attribute the places 8 and 9.

B2/B3 2019 final ranking of the French National Cup

Classement Equipes
1AC Boulogne Billancourt – B2/B3
2Royal Standard Cécifoot Liège – B2/B3
3Association Sportive Villeurbanne Cécifoot – B2/B3
4ASSEC Joinville-le-Pont – B2/B3
5AVH Paris – B2/B3
6Don Bosco Cécifoot Nantes – B2/B3
7Havre Athletic Club Cécifoot – B2/B3
8SC Schiltigheim – B2/B3
9Mons – B2/B3

All the details by clicking on the links below :

B2/B3 2019 French National Cup

B2/B3 2019 final ranking of the French Blind Football Cup

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Past seasons archive B2/B3 category

French national championship B2/B3 2020/2021 of blind football

Due to the COVID 19 health crisis, the 2020/2021 season could not be organized, no games were played during the year. The season is therefore cancelled.

French national championship B2/B3 2019/2020 of blind football

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the 2019/2020 season has been declared “blank.” Only two phases could be played. Thus, for reasons of fairness between the teams, the French Blind Football Committee took the decision to cancel all results. A final ranking could not be established due to the low number of matches played.

French national championship B2/B3 2018/2019 of blind football

AC Boulogne-Billancourt is the national french champion of blind football for the season 2018/2019 in B2/B3 category !

Royal Standard Cécifoot de Liège finished second after a defeat in the final 6 goals to 1.

Le Havre closes the podium and is ranked third !

Click to access the schedule for the 2018/2019 B2/B3 play-offs

2018/2019 final ranking

Click here to access the 2018/2019 B2/B3 preliminary phases

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Season 2021/2022

The 2021/2022 season should mark the return of national blind football competitions in France !

To know more, it will however be necessary to wait for the next General Assembly of the French Blind Football Commitee which will determine the practical modalities of the coming season. This national meeting should be held in September 2021.

It will then be decided on the organization :

  • a calendar for the French national championship category B1
  • a calendar for the French national championship category B2/B3
  • of a French National Cup B1 and B2/B3 as well as its place of organization

See you soon for a future blind football season in France and hopefully, finally, a return to normal competitive activities.

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Last years results (B1)

2020/2021 French national championship B1 of blind football

Due to the COVID 19 health crisis, the 2020/2021 season could not be organized, no games were played during the year. The season is therefore cancelled.

2019/2020 French national championship B1 of blind football

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the 2019/2020 season has been declared “blank.” Only three phases could be played. Thus, for reasons of fairness between the teams, the French Blind Football Committee took the decision to cancel all results. A final ranking could not be established due to the low number of matches played.

2018/2019 French national championship B1 of blind football

Mérignac 1 is the national french champion of blind football in B1 category !

Saint-Mandé finishes second after a defeat in the final 3 goals to 1.

Schiltigheim closes the podium and is ranked third !

Click to access the schedule for the 2018/2019 B1 final phase (play-off)

2018/2019 Final Ranking

Click here to access the calendar and results of the regional phases B1 2018/2019

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Presentation of national competitions

General informations

Every year, blind football competitions are organized in France by the “French Federation for Sports for Disabled” and the French Blind Football Committee (FBFC).

There are two types :

  • The French National championship : it takes place throughout the year in different days or phases. There is a French championship in category B1 (blind) and a French championship in category B2/B3 (partially sighted).

  • The French National Cup : a one-time event held over one weekend per year. All clubs can participate, even those not playing in the national championship. There is also a National Cup B1 and B2/B3.

When a club becomes champion of France, it undertakes to put its title back into play the following year and to return the trophy during the final stages of the following championship. However, if a club manages to win two consecutive championships, the trophy belongs to it permanently. The procedure is identical for the French Cup : it is put back into play every year ; a club winning the cup two years in a row can keep it permanently.

For both categories, in championship or in French cup, the attribution of the points for the ranking is organized in the following way :

  • Won : 3 points
  • Tie game  : 1 point
  • Loss : 0 point

If a club forfeits the match, it loses the match by 3 to 0 and is deducted 1 point in the general ranking.

Ties in the finale ranking

In the event of a tie at the end of the different phases, the following procedure will be used to establish a ranking between the teams : (in order of priority, move to the next point in case of a new tie)

  • Direct confrontation : we count the number of points obtained by the teams during their direct confrontations. Example : if two teams are tied on points but one of them has won its two games against the other, it will take the advantage in the ranking.
  • General  “goal average” : the clubs are separated by the difference between the goals scored and the goals conceded by each of them over all the games.
  • The « fair-play » : the number of cautions and exclusions received during the matches between them and then over all the matches. The team with the least number of cautions/exclusions will take the advantage in the ranking.
  • The most offensive team : the one that will have scored the most goals
  • Drawing lots : the last resort

National French Championship

B1 category (blind players)

Teams are divided into “groups” and compete in regional round robin matches. The teams finishing first in each group will qualify for a final phase or “play-off” during which a triangular tournament will determine the French National Champion. The other teams will compete to determine the final ranking of the championship.

In category B1, a match of the French championship takes place in two periods of 25 minutes in continuous time. This means that a stoppage of play (such as a foul or goal clearance) will not stop the clock.

For the 2021/2022 season, eleven teams are competing for the title of Champion of France.

They were divided into two regional groups :

  • a North group composed of six teams :
    • RC Lens Cécifoot
    • Brussels 5-a-side Anderlecht
    • Sporting Cécifoot Schiltigheim
    • FC Cécifoot Précy sur Oise
    • AS Cécifoot Saint-Mandé
    • Paris AVH
  • a South group composed of five teams :
    • Don Bosco Cécifoot
    • Toulouse Football Cécifoot
    • Cécifoot Sport Athlétique Mérignacais
    • Cécifoot Poitiers
    • Bondy Cécifoot Club

B2/B3 category (partially sighted)

Teams play each other in three round robin championship phases at different locations each time. All teams travel to each phase. The ranking at the end of the three “weekends” of competition allows to determine the champion of France B2/B3.

In this category, a match is played in two periods of 20 minutes in effective time. This means that a stoppage of play (such as a foul or goal clearance) will stop the clock.

For the 2021/2022 season, eight teams are competing for the French championship title :

  • ACBB Boulogne-Billancourt
  • AS Bondy cécifoot
  • AVH Paris
  • Marseille
  • HAC (le Havre cécifoot)
  • AS Villeurbanne
  • Sporting Cécifoot Schiltigheim
  • Standard de Liège Cécifoot

French National Cup

The French Cup is an annual event over two to three days whose location changes with each edition. It is a major event of the French blind football with a great number of participating teams ; their exact number being variable from one year to another. It allows to discover the blind football in the regions where it is established during a weekend.

The event is common to both categories with one competition for B1 and another for B2/B3. It is the only occasion in the year that allows the participants of both categories of blind football in France to meet.

The teams are divided into several groups drawn beforehand. The competitors of the same group will all compete once, allowing to establish a ranking. The first of each group will compete in two semi-finals and the winners in a final.

Poster of the French Cup in 2019 in Rousies (Hauts-de-France)
(The 2020 edition has been cancelled)
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Play-offs and ranking Euro 2019

Logo of the European Championships in Rome 2019

At the end of the preliminary round of the 2019 European Championship in Rome, the top two from each group qualify for the semi-finals :

  • Spain
  • England
  • France
  • Turkey

Here are the results of the semi-finals (Sunday, September 22, 2019) and the final (Tuesday, September 24, 2019) of this Euro 2019 of blind football :

Note : Spain qualified for the final by beating England on penalties shoot out : 1 to 0.

Spain will then become European Champion by beating France in the final by 3 goals to 1.

Flag of Spain

The match for third place was between England and Turkey :

Match troisième place Euro 2019

Note : England wins the penalty shootout : 1 goal to 0.

Classification matches

To establish the final ranking, matches were played between the remaining participants :

Final ranking of the European Championship 2019

  • Gold medal : Spain
  • Silver medal : France
  • Bronze medal : England
  • 4th place : Turkey
  • 5th place : Russia
  • 6th place : Italy
  • 7th place : Germany
  • 8th place : Belgium
  • 9th place : Romania
  • 10th place : Greece
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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been moved from August 24 to September 5, 2021. They will give place to 539 events organized in 22 different sports on a total of 21 sites of competition.

Official logo of the Tokyo Paralympic Games

The opening ceremony will take place on August 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Japanese time).

The closing ceremony will take place on September 5 at 8:00 pm (Japanese time).

Blind football events during Paralympics

Location

They will be held at the “Aomi Urban Sports Park“, in the district of Aomi, Tokyo (Japan).

This open-air stadium is close to the Olympic Village where the athletes will be housed and not far from the famous Tokyo Bay. Blind football will be the only Paralympic sport to use these facilities.
On the other hand, two disciplines of the Olympic Games (from July 23 to August 8, 2021) will compete in this venue : 3×3 basketball and sport climbing (for the first time in its history).

General Schedule of play

The preliminary round (group stages) will start on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (Japanese time).

See the Group A match schedule and results

See the Group B match schedule and results

The great final with the awarding of the famous Paralympic gold medal will take place on Saturday, September 4, 2021, starting at 5:30 p.m. (Japanese time).

See the results of the play-offs and Tokyo 2020 final ranking

Teams in competition

Eight teams won their respective continental championships and qualified for the ultimate competition, the Paralympic Games :

  • Morocco : winner of the African championship
  • Brazil (defending champion) and Argentina for SouthAmerica
  • Spain (European champion) and France (runner-up of the last European championship)
  • China : winner of the Asian championship
  • Thailand which has taken over the place left vacant by Iran
  • Japan : hosting country

8 countries will compete for the Paralympic blind football gold medal

The different groups of play

The eight competing teams were divided into two groups by random drawing :

Group A :
Group B :
  • Morocco
  • Argentina
  • Thailand
  • Spain

Teams from the same group will compete once to establish a preliminary ranking. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals of the Paralympic Games. And finally, the winners will go to the finals to fight for the title !

See all the results of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games here

Congratulations to all the teams !

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The French Blind Football Committee (FBFC)

Introduction

The French Blind Football Committee (FBFC) is placed under the direction of the French Federation of Sports for Disabled. Its aim is to organize, direct and develop blind football in France and in the overseas departments. It is the guarantor of the good practice of the discipline and of the safety of these licensed players.

The FBFC meets once a year at the General Meeting in order to report on the management and organization of the discipline to the various clubs around the country. Each member of the Committee draws up a report and presents its conclusions to the national actors in blind football.

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The 2019 General Meeting of the French Blinf Football Committee, directed by its head supervisor

The means of action of the French Blind Football Committee

  • The organization of competitions of all kinds between affiliated associations, departmental and regional committees and all events at the local, national and international level as well as selections of any nature.
  • The establishment of interregional consultation structures
  • The publication and distribution of all documentation and regulations relating to the practice of blind football
  • The holding of periodic meetings, the organization of training courses, conferences, courses and demonstrations
  • The moral and material assistance to its members

The members of the French Blind Football Committee for the 2020/2021 season

  • French Blind Football manager : Charly SIMO
  • Technical referent and national head coach : Toussaint AKPWEH
  • National championship supervisor : Nicolas BLOT
  • Referees supervisor : François CARCOUET
  • U23 national team head coach and manager of blind football academies : Rémi GARRANGER
  • Category B2/B3 referent : Matthieu MUNDUBELTZ
  • Community manager and webmaster : Benjamin MAIRE
  • Stewardship and equipment referent : Eric GUILBERT
  • Medical supervisor : Daniel MARTINS
  • Training supervisor : Charly SIMO
  • Players’ representative : Frédéric VILLEROUX
  • Development and Promotion : Michael DERENSY
  • Guiding referent and development : Yannick LE COLVEZ 
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Raising awareness of disability through blind football

Blind football players regularly intervene in schools or soccer clubs to raise awareness of disability among young people.

The young U10 of FC Vaujours ; Photo credit : FC Vaujours

This notion of disability may indeed seem abstract to a child living in a so-called “ordinary” environment. Why can’t this person walk like me? Why can’t he see ? How can he or she get around on his or her own ? To run ? To play sports ?

In general, during “awareness days“, all these questions are answered. The children meet a person with a disability who explains the nature of his disability, its difficulties and the adaptations that have had to be made in his daily life.

The practice of a sport as an adaptation to disability

When you are visually impaired, practicing a sport like blind football allows you to considerably develop the abilities necessary for everyday life, such as spatial orientation and auditory perception. Learning to listen to the environment, reacting and moving around accordingly or knowing one’s position in space are fundamental notions in the acquisition of autonomy. Disabled sports can therefore be seen as a factor that promotes adaptation, the development of autonomy and integration into society

Example of an awareness day : meeting with the U10 youth of FC Vaujours

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, Yvan Wouandji, player of the French national team of blind football, had the opportunity to be received by the soccer club FC Vaujours in the Paris region. He met with the U10 category and introduced them to his sport. But not only that !

The children listening around their supervisors ; Photo Credit : FC Vaujours

What is the visual handicap concretely ?

The first part of his speech focused on the explanation of the visual handicap and on the means that exist to access the greatest possible autonomy in everyday life. For example, what is the purpose of the white cane that a blind person uses when moving around ?

Explanation of how a white cane works when moving ; Photo credit: FC Vaujours

Then, in order to address topics that are more relevant to children, it was appropriate to talk about school. How does a blind child learn if he can’t read or see pictures ?

You learn to read with your eyes, we learn to read with our fingers !

Yvan Wouandji, player of the French national blind football team

Yvan Wouandji then went on to explain the Braille writing system, which allows visually impaired people to read and write.

Video explaining the Braille system to children ; Credit : FC Vaujours

Workshop to discover blind football

After all these explanations, the children were only waiting to practice and discover how their own sport, soccer, could be played by blind people.

The workshops started with the explanation of the basics of the discipline : oral communication. Players constantly signal their position and actions by speaking. They inform their teammates of their intentions and important facts of the game.

The children learned to move with the ball without any visual help, to make passes or to shoot at the goal by learning the concept of guidance.

Summary of the workshops in video

Videos and photos made by the staff of FC Vaujours, thank you to them !

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Equipments required for blind football players

A blind football player has the classic equipment common to anyone who wants to play football :

  • a uniform with one jersey and one short : the jersey must have a number from 1 to 15, different for each player. The color must be different between two competing teams to distinguish them.
    Note that the goalkeeper must wear a jersey whose color differentiates him from the other players of his team and the referees.
  • high socks
  • shin guards : they must be covered by the socks and offer an adequate degree of protection
  • shoes adapted to the type of field (usually synthetic). They must not have spikes to avoid any risk of injury in case of contact with an opponent.

YES NO

As mentioned above, blind football is a contact sport so players should not wear any jewelry or watches on any part of their body. Nothing that could injure another participant or the player himself during a match.

After this classic soccer equipment, there are some particularities specific to blind football. There are some pieces of equipment that are common to both categories of this sport and others that are more specific.

Equipment common to both categories (B1 and B2/B3)

This special ball has specific characteristics :

  • it is spherical
  • has a sound system inside allowing it to be located by the players when it is in motion
  • must have a circumference between 60 and 62 cm
  • must be inflated with a pressure between 400 and 600 g/cm2 (i.e. 0.4-0.6 atm)

Difference for B2/B3 matches in the French championship : the principle of the bells inside the ball is the same as in B1 but the sound system is lighter. On the other hand, the B2/B3 category uses “futsal” type balls with the only difference being that the color of the ball is clearly different from the ground. The players will thus perceive the ball better visually. France has chosen to use balls with bells for its national championship B2/B3 in order to allow access to severely visually impaired players.

coloured B2/B3 balls

These are the rules imposed by the IBSA (International Blind Sports Federation) for a ball to be approved and therefore suitable for use in competition.

During a match, it is the role of the referee to :

  • ensure that the balloon is working properly. He may have to replace it in case of anomaly. No change of ball is allowed without his agreement. However, the players may report to the referee if they cannot hear the ball sufficiently.
  • signal the position of the ball by rolling it under his foot so that it makes a sound if it is stationary and no player can locate it.
  • stop the game if the ball bursts or is damaged.

Below is a sound video (⚠️ so please turn on the sound ⚠️) allowing you to hear the noise the ball makes as it moves. In the video, a person stands, shakes the ball and then drops it to the ground and pretends to pass it to a teammate.

Specific equipment for B1 players

In category B1, the players are blind or visually impaired while the goalkeeper is sighted. In order to make all the field players equal in terms of vision, they will have to put a eyeshade on their eyes.

The B1 headband, here wearing the number 10
Photo Credit : Benjamin Guibal

In national and international competitions, the headband will be lined with eye patches. They will be glued to the skin at the level of each eye ; the eyeshade will be placed over them.

These two pieces of equipment must meet the following characteristics :

  • the eyeshade : it must be placed over the eyes and be made of an opaque, absorbent material and padded on the front. Players must not be able to see through it.
French national team eyeshade
  • eye patches : to be sure that the players are visually equal, even with the masks, we apply occulting patches on their closed eyes
Example of a eye patch

At the beginning of each game, the referee checks that the patches and masks are in place before starting the game. The same applies to substitutions, time-outs and the beginning of play after half-time. It is forbidden to remove your mask during a game.

Specific equipment for B2/B3 players

In category B2/B3, the players are visually impaired. As a reminder, there are two sub-categories :

  • a player classified as B2 has a maximum visual acuity of 1/20 and a maximum visual field of 5°
  • a B3 player has a visual acuity between 1/20 and 1/10 and a visual field between 5° and 20°

The specific equipment for players in this category is the B2/B3 headband : new for the 2020/2021 season in the French championship only.

It will be worn on the forehead of each player with the following characteristics :

  • it will have a different color for each team, in addition to the distinctive jerseys. It will therefore help a player to visually identify his competitors and teammates on the field
  • it will allow to differentiate the participants of different subcategories
  • for a spectator coming to attend a game, it will help him to identify the differences of classification between the players and thus better understand the functioning of the discipline
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Guide of paralympic selection process

Following the health crisis that we all know, the 2020 Paralympic Games have been postponed. They will take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

The French Federation for disabled sports (FFH) has adapted to this exceptional context by ensuring a high level of requirement while harmonizing the selection criteria of the athletes according to the current situation and the sports equity. This means that the Federal Commission of the French paralympic selection is in charge of selecting the athletes who have the best chances to win an Olympic medal, and can rely on events or factors different than the selection competitions to choose the athletes who will go to defend the colors of France in Tokyo.

Logo of the Paralympic Games of Tokyo

How many cecifoot players can go to the Paralympics ?

The 2020 Paralympic Games will bring together approximately 4,400 athletes who will compete for 539 medals. Among these 4,400 athletes, only 64 are blind football players. It means there will be eight teams – Japan, Brazil, Spain, China, Argentina, Thailand, Morocco and France – composed of eight male players and two goalkeepers. So, there are ten players selected per team.

The French blind football team in meeting with its staff : all the players will not be selected for the Paralympic Games

What are the requirements for selecting a blind football player?

For a player to be selected, he must have participated at least once in an international blind football competition between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2021, and must have “Confirmed” or “Review” as international sport class status.

The selected player must also be up to date on their international classification. In the case of visual impairment, this means that he must undergo an official medical examination by an accredited ophthalmologist. This test is essential to ensure the fairness of the events by “classifying” the different forms of disability, in this case visual.

Ophthalmologic examination material

For any athlete who has never been classified, this examination must be from the current year. Each international reference tournament organized before the Paralympic Games can give rise to a classification : the first two days before the beginning of a competition are always devoted to this. Please note : no classification is carried out during the period of the Paralympics.

For a player with a visual pathology judged stable by the doctor or if he is born blind, he will be classified “for life” and will not have to take an official exam again.
However, in case of progressive visual pathology, the duration of validity of this classification will be determined by the examiner in order to allow regular re-evaluations for future competitions.

How do national blind football teams qualify for the Paralympic Games ?

The team that wins the World Blind Football Championships automatically qualifies. Now, Brazil won the 2018 world championships. It was therefore the first qualified.

Then regional championships are organized in America, Asia, Europe and Africa to determine who will be the next participants in the Paralympics. Each region can send a certain number of teams : America can send 1 team, Asia – 2 teams, Africa – 1 team and finally Europe – 2 teams. And so, it is at the end of the European championships of 2019 that the French team qualified, being finalist of the tournament.

And finally, the country hosting the tournament sees its team directly qualified for the Paralympics : Japan for this edition.

The eight countries competing for the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Additional resources

If you want to know more about this topic, please visit this link.

You can also read the file of the French blind football team (B1) : history, trophies and squad.

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History of national teams

In France, blond football became a sport discipline in its own right in March 1998 during the very first official General Assembly, marking the beginning of the structuring of this sport in our country and the organization of the first competitions. The constitution of a national team could thus begin, with the support of the official authorities.

In category B1, the very first international trip of the French team took place in September 1998 in Sanremo (Italy) during a friendly tournament. The “Bleus” of the time faced England, Spain and Italy ; nations already well established on the European scene.

At the world level, the reference competitions “International Blind Sports Association” (B1 and B2/B3) started in 1997 with a first European championship in September in Barcelona and then a first world championship one year later, in September 1998, in Campinas (Brazil).

Official logo of the International Blind Sports Association

As for the two French categories (B1 and B2/B3), they had the opportunity to experience their very first official competition in 1999 :

  • at the second European championship of the B1 category in Porto (Portugal) in June 1999 : France finished 5th out of 5 participating nations
  • at the second European championship of the B2/B3 category in Minsk (Belarus) in October 1999 : France finished 5th out of 7 participating nations

Thus, since these official beginnings, the various teams of France took part in many international competitions of reference following one another with a regular frequency :

  • European championships : every 2 years
  • World Championships : every 4 years (between two Paralympic Games)
  • Paralympic Games : every 4 years (between two World Championships)

In 2019, a third national team came to complete the two others : the French U23 B1 team.

The French U23 team : the future of French blind football
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2021 World Grand Prix play-off

(Version française / french version)


Play-off phase

The teams having finished in 1st and 2nd position of the ranking at the end of the preliminary phase will play the FINAL of the tournament.

The teams having finished 3rd and 4th of the preliminary phase will play the match of the third place of the final ranking.

Find the updated ranking of the preliminary phase here and below :

Rank Teams Played Won Lost Drawn Goal difference Points
1 Argentine – B1Argentine – B1 4 3 0 1 3 10
2 Japon – B1Japon – B1 4 2 0 2 2 8
3 Thaïlande – B1Thaïlande – B1 4 2 2 0 1 6
4 Espagne – B1Espagne – B1 4 1 2 1 -1 4
5 France – B1France – B1 4 0 4 0 -5 0

Play-off schedule of play

The third-place match will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:30 am local time.

The geat finale of the tournament will take place on Saturday, June 5 at 1:00 pm (local time).

Argentina finished in first place in the preliminary phase and will face Japan, the host country, in the final for the title.

The third place match will see Spain face Thailand.

Final ranking

Argentina retains its title and wins the tournament ! Japan, the host country, obtains a nice second place.
Third place for Spain.
Fourth place : Thailand.
Fifth place : France

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U23 French National Team

The U23 team during a training camp in Schiltigheim in 2019


Upcoming international tournament : coming soon

General informations

Created in January 2019, the French U23 team aims to detect future national blind football talents and gradually bring them to a level of performance. It will be a question of consolidating the assets of the young players, developing their aptitudes and perfecting their practice as early as possible in their career. This very concrete project will allow to ensure one day the succession of the French senior team and to answer in an optimal way the requirements of the high level sport.
This young team meets regularly in Schiltigheim (East of France) for training sessions and has already played two international friendly tournaments. The history of this team is just beginning with however already some players selected regularly in the national senior group.

Trophies

  • International tournaments

    • Bučovice Cup (Czech Republic) 2020 : silver medal (2nd place)
    • International tournament of Bruxels (Belgium) 2019 : 3rd place


Squad

(from the last training camp)

U23 head coach : Rémi GARRANGER

Blind sports director : Charly SIMO

Players

  • Gibril BEN MOHAMMED
  • Allan CASTEL
  • Samuel DEJABRUN
  • Luca LEFAITE
  • Hacène SAHRAOUI
  • Hocine SAHRAOUI
  • Florent SCHMITT

Goalkeepers

  • Benjamin GUIBAL
  • Lucas GROSSET
  • Thomas MORGEAU

Staff members

  • Benoit CHEVREAU : goalkeeper coach
  • Matthieu DIEMER : physiotherapist
  • Romain FERREUX : fitness trainer
  • Iwan PREVOT : guide and strikers coach
  • Frédéric VILLEROUX : assistant coach
The French U23 team against the Swiss national team – Brussels International Tournament (June 2019)

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The French B1 National Team

Official photo of the French B1 team during a training camp in Lens in March 2021


Last international major competitions

Paralympic Games of Tokyo 2020 (postponed from August 24 to September 5, 2021)
2021 World Grand Prix in Tokyo (Japan) : from May 30 to June 5, 2021
2019 European championship in Rome (Italy) : from September 17 to 24 2019

Next international major competition

Coming soon

Upcoming games / last results

B1 Tokyo 2020 – Groupe A
29-08-2021 location
B1 Tokyo 2020 – Groupe A
30-08-2021 location
B1 Tokyo 2020 – Groupe A
31-08-2021 location

B1 Tokyo 2020 – Matchs de classement
02-09-2021 location

General informations

Created in 1998, the year of the official recognition of blind football in our country, the French team experienced its first international competition in 1999 at the second European Championship in the history of the discipline. The first significant result came in 2003 and finally the first European victories in Nantes in 2009 and Aksaray in Turkey in 2011. The consecration was obtained with the silver medal at the London Games in 2012. The French B1 team then suffered many setbacks from 2014 to 2018 (year of the World Championships in Madrid). It was without counting the will of the players and the members of the staff who knew how to give a new impulse and to reform a conquering collective. The work was difficult and intense but finally paid off with, only one year after the disillusionment of Madrid, a European silver medal in Rome. This result will be synonymous with qualification for the next Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The team is now back among the best nations in the sport of blind football and hopes to make its efforts count in Japan in the near future.



Team trophies

(major results appear in bold)

  • Paralympic Games :

    • Tokyo ( Japan) 2020 : 8th place
    • Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) 2016 : not qualified
    • London (United-Kingdom) 2012 : silver medal (2nd place)
    • Beijing (China) 2008 : not qualified
    • Athens (Greece) 2004 : 5th place


  • World championships :

    • Madrid (Spain) 2018 : 15th place
    • Tokyo (Japan) 2014 : 9th place
    • Hereford (United-Kingdom) 2010 : 5th place
    • Buenos Aires (Argentina) 2006 : 5th place
    • Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) 2002 : 9th place
  • European championships :

    • Rome (Italy) 2019 : silver medal (2nd place)
    • Berlin (Germany) 2017 : 4th place
    • Hereford (United-Kingdom) 2015 : 5th place
    • Loano (Italy) 2013 : silver medal (2nd place)
    • Aksaray (Turkey) 2011 : gold medal (1st place)
    • Nantes (France) 2009 : gold medal (1st place)
    • Athens (Greece) 2007 : bronze medal (3rd place)
    • Malaga (Spain) 2005 : silver medal (2nd place)
    • Manchester (United-Kingdom) 2003 : bronze medal (3rd place)
    • Saint-Mandé / Vincennes (France) 2001 : 4th place
    • Porto (Portugal) 1999: 5th place


Final France-Brazil in 2012 at the London Paralympic Games
Photo credit : France Paralympique – All rights reserved

Squad

(players and staff members pre-selected during a training camp in March 2021)

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