Blind Football World Grand Prix set to kick off in Tokyo
Date: March 20, 2018
Tomorrow sees the opening of one of the biggest blind football events of the year – the inaugural IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix will begin in Tokyo, Japan, at Shinagawa Tennozu Park.
The elite tournament brings together six of the world's very best blind football teams, all ranked in the top 15 of the recently-updated IBSA Blind Football World Ranking Table.
Group A includes hosts Japan (ranked 9th), Turkey (6th) and England (12th), while Group B pits world number 2 team Argentina against Russia (13th) and France (14th).
In addition to the elite event, a development tournament involving three teams – Belgium (ranked 21st), India (29th) and the Japan National Training Centre – will also be held.
Following the opening ceremony, the tournament kicks off tomorrow with hosts Japan facing England in the first match at 14:00 local time. Argentina takes on Russia at 16:30 and the Japan National Training Centre and India will open the development tournament at 19:15.
Caption: fixture list for the IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix 2018. See below for text version.
Full fixture list
Wednesday March 21st
14:00 Elite Japan vs England
16:30 Elite Argentina vs Russia
19:15 Development Japan National Training Centre vs India
Thursday March 22nd
12:00 Development Belgium vs India
16:30 Elite Turkey vs England
19:15 Elite France vs Russia
Friday March 23rd
12:00 Development Belgium vs Japan National Training Centre
16:30 Elite Argentina vs France
19:15 Elite Japan vs Turkey
Saturday March 24th
11:00 Development India vs Belgium
14:00 Development India vs Japan National Training Centre
16:30 Elite 5th-6th place play-off
Sunday March 25th
11:00 Development Japan National Training Centre vs Belgium
14:00 Elite 3rd-4th place play-off
16:30 Elite final
The IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix will be held initially for three years in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Caption: IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix 2018 banner.