Goalball is a team sport
for the blind
and visually impaired
people can play too, using blindfold
s, but to play in a national team you have to be registered blind. Each game lasts 14 minutes (split into 7-minute halves), and involves two teams of three players and of course the goalball, which is a big heavy textured ball with bells in it. The object is to bowl the ball across your opponents' goal
The game was invented in 1946 by an Austrian, Hans Lorenzen, and a German, Sett Reindle, and was originally devised to help rehabilitation of blinded war veterans. It's been a paralympic sport since 1976, and the first world championships were held in Austria in 1978. It's a fun and fast game.