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Goalball extends rules feedback deadline

Date: March 10, 2021

Category: Goalball

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball has extended the deadline for feedback on its current rules and regulations to 31 March.

Originally the review of the 2018-2020 documents was due to end in 2020 following testing of amendments at competitions. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, this was not possible.

The sport’s committee is therefore inviting any outstanding proposed changes from National Federations (NFs) to be submitted before the end of the month for the 2022-2024 rules and regulations.

The proposals can be submitted to [email protected]. They must be clear and state any references to the current rules and regulations.

A female referee throws the goalball during a match

The review originally began in June 2019 and ran until November that year, during which time NFs were invited to share their ideas. Between January and March 2020, the new rules were supposed to be tested ahead of the publication of the results, but due to competition cancellations and postponements this process could not take place.

The revised timeline will therefore see the sport announce which rules will be tested in April 2021 at selected tournaments in May and June.

The final results will be published at the end of June and the new rules and regulations will be added to the rulebook. Following a process of approval, the sport then expects to update all documentation (Coach Essentials, referee and International Technical Official manuals) in time for referee and officials’ training from October-December 2021.

The new IBSA Goalball Rules and Regulations will then come into effect on 1 January 2022 and run until 21 December 2024, with the next review process beginning in 2023.

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