Date

Jan 19 - 21 2024
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2024 Goalball Invitational

Event Details

January 19-21, 2024

Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
5025 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

What is Goalball?

Goalball is a team sport for athletes who are blind and or visually impaired. Teams are made up of six players, with three members playing at any one time. Origins of the game date back to World War II as a way to rehabilitate veterans who became blind and keep them active. Goalball became the first Paralympics team sport for athletes with vision impairments 75 years ago when it was officially inducted at Toronto 1976. The object of the game is to get a ball past the opposing team and into their net by hurling it from one end of the court to the other. String is taped to the markings on the court to allow players to feel the lines and orientate themselves. The opposing team must block the ball from entering their net by throwing their bodies across the floor. The game ball is about the size of a basketball and has several bells inside, so the athletes with visual impairments know where it is thrown. All players must be legally blind and wear blacked-out eyeshades at all times to ensure fair level of competition. Due to the extreme importance of sound, audience members must remain absolutely quiet during the game until the referee allows for noise.

Become a Volunteer

Want to be part of the action? consider becoming a volunteer for this event! You get to meet wonderful individuals, athletes, and attend a sport that is unlike any other in the state of the art, fully accessible Sports & Fitness Center.

Watch the Action Live

Game Day Schedules


Friday, January 19th – Pool Play

Game TimeMatchup
11AM – 11:45AMKing Cobras VS Texas Rattlesnakes
11:45AM – 12:30PMUtah Raptors VS ECA Reapers
12:30PM – 1:15PMChicago Fury VS Manticores
1:15PM – 2PMMaryland Minks VS NY Disciples
2PM – 2:45PMWomen’s Pool 1 VS Women’s Pool 2
2:45PM – 3:30PMManticores VS Texas Rattlesnakes
3:30PM – 4:15PMChicago Fury VS Utah Raptors
4:15PM – 5PMECA Reapers VS King Cobras
5PM – 5:45PMWomen’s Pool 2 VS Maryland Minks
5:45PM – 6:30PMUtah Raptors VS Manticores

Saturday, January 20th – Pool Play

Game TimeMatchup
8AM – 8:45AMWomen’s Pool 1 VS NY Disciples
8:45AM – 9:30AMKing Cobras VS Manticores
9:30AM – 10:15AMChicago Fury VS ECA Reapers
10:15AM – 11AMUtah Raptors VS Texas Rattlesnakes
11AM – 11:45AMNY Disciples VS Women’s Pool 2
11:45AM – 12:30PM Manticores VS ECA Reapers
12:30PM – 1:15PMTexas Rattlesnakes VS Chicago Fury
1:15PM – 2PMMaryland Minks VS Women’s Pool 1
2PM – 2:45PMKing Cobras VS Chicago Fury
2:45PM – 3:30PMECA Reapers VS Texas Rattlesnakes
3:30PM – 4:15PMUtah Raptors VS King Cobras
4:15PM – 5PMWomen’s Pool 2nd Seed VS Women’s Pool 3rd Seed
5PM – 5:45PMWomen’s Pool 1st Seed VS Women’s Pool 4th Seed

Sunday, January 21th – Championship Sunday

Game TimeMatchup
8AM – 8:45AMMen’s Pool 2nd Seed VS Men’s Pool 3rd Seed
8:45AM – 9:15AMMen’s Pool 1st Seed Vs Men’s Pool 4th Seed
9:15AM – 10:15AMWomen’s Bronze Matchup
10:15AM – 11:15AMMen’s Bronze Matchup
11:15AM – 12:15PMWomen’s Gold Matchup
12:15PM – 1:15PMMen’s Gold Matchup

Register as an athlete or sponsor the event

Are you a goalball athlete? For more details about the tournament, contact Brielle Carter at briellec@ability360.org or call (602)-626-7250

Past Live Streams

Bank of America
U.S.A.B.A. United States Association of Blind Athletes

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