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The largest disability football event ever to be held in England is being hosted at a college in Hereford.

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) has been chosen by the Football Association to stage the tournament.

The college has state-of the-art facilities at its new international standard sports centre.

The 2010 IBSA World Blind Football Championships will feature ten teams, including world champions Argentina.

Blind Football facts
The game is played on a solid surface with five players in each team
The four outfield players must wear eye-patches and blindfolds
The sighted goalkeeper cannot leave the area
The football contains ball bearings so that it makes a noise when it moves

The tournament will act as a direct qualifier for the Paralympics in London 2012, and features the very best blind footballers from across the world.

The tournament will be held from Saturday 14 until Sunday 22 August 2010.

The FA, Herefordshire County FA, the Royal National College for the Blind and Herefordshire County and City Council will be working to create a lasting legacy from the event.

This will include raising awareness of issues around disability, the benefits of sport for all sectors of the community, and increased opportunities for participation.

Schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers from across the West Midlands will be invited to take part in a number of sporting, educational and cultural events leading up to, and during the tournament.

UK Sport are a major partner in the event, and have made a grant of £68,000 towards the staging of the tournament.

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