Goalball is among the most exciting team sports on the Paralympic programme. It was first featured at the New York and Stoke Mandeville 1984 Games.
Played by athletes with visual impairments, the players wear eyeshades so those with varying degrees of visual impairment can compete together and ensure fair play. The game is played by two teams of six members of which three players from each team are on a court 18m long and 9m wide. The aim is to score by rolling the hard rubber ball (that has holes and bell so it can be heard when it moves) at a speed into the opposition’s goal, while the other team attempts to block the ball with their bodies. Spectators must be quiet during play so that players can hear the ball and each other, but they are free to cheer when a goal is scored.