International Blind Sports Federation (Q122)

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governing body for blind sports
  • IBSA
  • International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA)
  • IBSA (International Sports Organization for the Visually Impaired)
  • International Sports Organization for the Visually Impaired
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International Blind Sports Federation
governing body for blind sports
  • IBSA
  • International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA)
  • IBSA (International Sports Organization for the Visually Impaired)
  • International Sports Organization for the Visually Impaired

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1996
In 1996, internationally blind football officially became affiliated with the IBSA, allowing for official international matches to take place and increasing the chances the sport could appear on the Paralympic program.
June 2018
The 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships were the first ones in Spain organized by ONCE and FederaciĆ³n EspaƱola de Deportes para Ciegos under the auspices of the IBSA.
1995
The IBSA finally came on board in 1995, and created the IBSA Football Subcommittee. Their governance leadership resulted in formalized rules for the sport that were internationally recognized. This allowed the sport to grow, not just within countries with strong football traditions but in all countries affiliated with the IBSA.
1990
In the early 1990s, internationally there were requests that the IBSA take over governance of blind football as so far there had been no international coordination to form an independent federation for blind and partially sighted football.
1998
Following the IBSA taking over international governance of the sport, 1998 IBSA Blind Football World Championships in Brazil became the first IPC recognized Blind Football World Championship.
The 2018 IBSA Blind Fotoball World Championships were the first time the competition included 16 teams. Previously, only 8 or 12 teams had competed in the World Championships. This provided some organizational challenges.