Draw for 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships confirmed
Date: April 20, 2018
The draw for one of the most hotly anticipated Para sport competitions of 2018 – the IBSA Blind Football World Championships – will be held on Monday (23 April) in host city Madrid, Spain.
Sixteen teams will go into the pots to be drawn in four groups for the 5-a-side tournament.
IBSA Blind Football committee Chairperson Ulrich Pfisterer and Ángel Luis Gómez, President of the Spanish Federation for Blind sports (FEDC), will make the draw at the Colegio Sagrado Corazón.
Live coverage will be available from 1pm (CET) at www.madrid.blindfootballworldcup.com which will also be launched on Monday.
Madrid 2018 gets underway on 7 June with the Opening Ceremony and the first group stage match. The quarter finals and play-offs begin on 13 June with the final on 17 June. As well as the title on offer the competition is also an important step on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
All 44 matches will be held at the Colegio Sagrado Corazón which has capacity for 400 fans. Entry will be free to spectators.
Brazil are the headline act having won four consecutive Paralympic titles and three successive world titles. African champions Morocco and Asian title holders China also highlight the field.
The competition will be the biggest in history with six teams qualifying for the first time. Mexico, Costa Rica, Mali, European champions Russia, Thailand and Iran will all make their debuts.
The 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships are being organised by FEDC and the Spanish National Organisation for the Blind (ONCE).
More information about media accreditation will be available shortly.