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A sport developed as part of the Paralympic Games, Goalball is played on an indoor court and complete silence is required for the players to be able to hear the ball, making for a thrilling atmosphere.

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What is Paralympic Goalball?


Another sport unique to the Paralympics, Goalball was developed as a rehabilitation activity for visually impaired World War Two veterans. The game is played on an indoor court between two teams of three athletes using a large rubber ball with bells inside. The goals are 9m wide (the entire width of the pitch) and 1.3m high and the aim is to score by rolling the ball into the opposition's goal, past the prone opposition players who may use any part of their bodies to keep the ball from the back of the net. All players wear eye shades so that players with varying degrees of vision can compete. A match is split into two halves of 12 minutes with each team taking it in turns to throw towards the opposition goal. Complete silence is required in Goalball, so that the players can hear the movement of the ball.


Who won Paralympic Goalball gold in Beijing in 2008?


The reigning men's Paralympic champions are China, the winning team included Bao Daolei, Cai Changgui, Chen Liangliang, Du Jinran, Yang Chunhong and Yao Yongquan. Lithuania took home the silver and the bronze went to Sweden. The Womenís gold medallists were Jen Armbruster, Lisa Banta, Jackie Barnes, Jessie Lorenz, Asya Miller and Robin Theryoung from the USA. China took silver and Denmark scooped a bronze.


Do ParalympicsGB have a chance of winning any Goalball medals?


There was no team representing Britain in Beijing, but the athletes have been working hard since then to prepare for 2012. The GB women faired reasonably well in test events last year, losing 5-2 to Beijing gold medallists USA, and just missing out 1-0 to silver medallists and World Champions, China. The menís team have lots of new talent emerging as brothers, Adam and David Knott joined the team, alongside Niall Graham, Joe Dodson and Simon Goodall, who has been playing Goalball since 1989. This year, the USA womenís team and the Swedish menís team are tipped as ones to watch.


Where will Paralympic Goalball take place?


Goalball matches will be held at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park between Thursday 30th August and Friday 7th September. The sustainable building relies on natural light, rainwater and recycled copper cladding to reduce its energy levels. To get a better look at all the Paralympic venues in London, and the rest of the UK, take a look at our Paralympics Map. For nearby hotels, try the hotel deals service.


When is the Paralympic Goalball?


The Goalball schedule runs for just over a week, beginning on Thursday 30th August and running through to Friday 7th September, with the medal events taking place on the last day. See our Paralympics Day-by-Day Guide for the full schedule of events.


How do I get to Paralympic Goalball at the Copper Box??


The Copper Box is located in the Olympic Park, there is no spectator parking in the park (except for Blue Badge spaces). The best access is through Stratford station (Jubilee and Central Lines) which is roughly a 15 minute walk away. West Ham station (District and Hammersmith & City lines) is also a good option, it should take around 25 minutes to from there to the Copper Box.


How do I get tickets to the Paralympic Goalball?


Tickets can be purchased from More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.


What are the disability divisions for Paralympic Goalball?


There is only one classification in Paralympic Goalball: every player must be visually impaired, but to ensure absolute fairness the players are required to wear black-out masks.


When did Goalball first appear in the Paralympics?


Men's Goalball made its Paralympic debut in Toronto in 1976. Female players followed suit in 1984 when the games were held in New York.





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