This weekend, Swedish blind football players benefited from IBSA Blind Football visiting them in Stockholm to share their knowledge. The event was supported by the Swedish Football Association and the IBSA. Athletes, officials and coaches did training and exercises at an indoor facility at Slättgårdsskolans. Participants included both male and female players.
While Sweden has a strong history in blind sports and in football in general, it does not have a strong history of playing blind football. They have never played an international match, and have never competed at any European, World or Paralympic championship. MIK Sound is leading the country in trying to bring the sport to it. If they can create a national team, they would be the first Scandinavian nation to have one.
The women’s able bodied team have been amongst the best in the world, and are currently ranked fifth in the world. The soon to be retiring IBSA Goalball Committee Chairman Kari Marklund hales from Sweden. They’ve hosted several blind sports competitions, including this year’s 2014 European Showdown Championship. Overall in the Paralympic movement, Sweden hits above its weight, ranked tenth all time for total medals with 663.