The French B1 national team ready for the Paralympics !

Today, we are now 13 days away from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games ! The French B1 national team had the opportunity to meet one last time on the weekend of August 6 to 8, 2021 at the Technical Center of La Gaillette in Lens. A big thank you to them for their support throughout the preparation of the team in their way to Tokyo !

The players and staff members selected for the Tokyo Games in a circle, hands in the center

A serious training course to set the final adjustments

With a major competition approaching, intensity is not something we are trying to put in place. It was more about working on key points, repeating specific actions on which “the Blues” can make the difference in a match.

Theme of the training : set-pieces (in french)

The group talked a lot, analyzed their performances in specific work but also during mini training matches. The technical staff has been listening to the players in the development of strategies that will be used during the Games. Obviously, the details will not be mentioned here.

Analysis of an action between the coach and a player

A last moment of sharing as a team

This training course was also an opportunity to get together as a group. Indeed, the next meeting will be at the airport on the day of departure. The moments in common had a family atmosphere mixing concentration and relaxation.

Now, each player will take advantage of the last two weeks to perfect his preparation but also to rest and spend time with his family before the big day.

Departure for Tokyo : Saturday, August 20, 2021.

Players and staff in discussion along the side barrier

The coach’s words

In conclusion of this weekend, the team appeared very motivated allowing the coach to conclude with these words “We are ready ! Now it’s up to us to do the job !”

Come on team France !

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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


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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