What is Deaf Football?
To ensure football is inclusive of players with different levels and types of hearing loss, deaf football provides deaf specific opportunities for players through both football (11-a-side) and futsal (5-a-side). Deaf footballers can also play within mainstream football.
Who can play?
Only deaf and hard of hearing athletes can compete in sanctioned competitions.
Deaf Football is played to the IFAB Laws of the Game in exactly the same way as with FIFA, with some modified competition rules.
Similarly, Deaf Futsal is played to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game, with some modified competition rules.
Within deaf-specific competition, all players must have a hearing loss of 55dB minimum in their better ear to qualify to play.
Players must remove any kind of hearing aid(s)/amplification or external cochlear implant parts to compete in deaf specific football, as the use of amplification in sports gives an advantage over those not using it.
Outside deaf specific competition, it is recommended to allow the individual to choose whether they use any hearing aids whilst playing football.
There are four (4) types of audiogram testing which must be conducted for each ear including:
- Air Conduction - * 250Hz–8kHz
- Bone Conduction - * 500Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz and 4 kHz
- Tympanograms (Tympanometry) - Volume, Pressure, Compliance
- Acoustic Reflexes (Reflexometry) - Ipsilateral, Contralateral