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The FA releases guidance on colour blindness in football

Monday 26 June 2017

One in 12 men and one in 200 women are affected by colour blindness, and The Football Association has published guidance notes on the condition to raise awareness of its impact on football.

If you work or volunteer for a club or league, this guide is intended to help you ensure colour-blind people are welcomed and integrated into the game, enjoying all the positive, lifelong benefits football offers.

The guidance was produced by the FA in conjunction with Colour Blind Awareness. It comes complete with visual examples and has the full support of UEFA, who intend to disseminate the guidance to all the football governing bodies under its umbrella.

Issues in Football

  • Kit clashes – between players, goalkeepers, match officials, the playing surface
  • Equipment – balls, bibs, training cones, line markings
  • Venues – facilities, way-finding, safety signage, lighting
  • Information – digital, ticket purchasing, matchday programmes
  • TV coverage – graphics, long-distance camera angles

The guidance explains the different types of colour blindness, answers common questions and provides suggested positive interventions with those who may be affected.

It gives best-practice visual examples to avoid kit clashes, and includes a series of simulations to show the normally-sighted what colour-blind people are likely to see.

Read the original article at or download Colour Blindness in football 115.5MB (PDF).

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