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Making football deaf-friendly

Photo: That was never offside!

Football pitches or training facilities can make verbal communication challenging, especially for deaf young people who rely on hearing aids or cochlear implants. There are several ways to adapt the football environment to make communication easier: 

  • Limit distractions by using quiet areas of the training ground.
  • Ensure the pitch is well lit.
  • Light should shine on your face, not from behind you.
  • Use visual aids such as photos, pictures, or wipe-off boards.
  • Make assistant footballers, coaches and receptionists aware that a deaf child is attending.
  • Agree a visual sign: everyone should know what to do in an emergency.
  • Create visual signs for toilets, showers and changing rooms.

Deaf-friendly football

Watch our video about deaf-friendly football

Ensuring staff around your centre are practicing good deaf-awareness and even using basic sign language can have a huge impact on deaf children and their families. Find out more about making football deaf-friendly with our helpful resources.