How do you compete?
Goalball is played exclusively by Para athletes with visual impairments, who throw a ball that weighs 1,250 kg.
The objective is to score a goal, throwing the ball over the floor to break the opponent's defense. Players, to defend their goal, must extend their arms and legs in order to block shots and then resume the offense.
Teams are made up of three players on the court and three players on the bench. Four time outs are available so that the coach can enter and give instructions. They are not allowed to give any other instructions to their players during the game and must remain silent.
Additionally, since athletes must hear the ball, spectators are asked to remain silent during the game, but are free to celebrate when a goal is scored.
The match has two halves of 12 minutes each. The break time is three minutes and the main referees are who guide the development of the matches.
The court measure is 18 m long, subdivided into six areas of 3 m x 9 m each. The goals measure 9 m x 1.30 m. All the lines of the field of play are marked in relief so that they are recognizable by the players to easily identify their position on the field.
Teams have 10 seconds from first defensive contact to throw the ball back. The match is won by scoring the most goals in the allotted time or if one team leads the other by 10 goals.