Similar to soccer; designed for the visually impaired; open to all

Goalball is a team sport similar to soccer, yet designed for the visually impaired. Sighted athletes can also participate by wearing blacked-out goggles during play. Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw an audible ball into the opponents’ goal. Players must use the audible sounds to judge the position and movement of the ball.


Course Enrollment
Please email the instructor’s assistant, Jessica Adams, for more information: 333jna@gmail.com. For the most up to date course listings please visit the Goalball Decal page here.


Course Details
  • It’s Free!
  • Open to all students.
  • It is free to community members if space is available (see “Community” section below for more details).
  • We offer multiple classes from beginner, intermediate, and competitive.
  • The series of classes take place every Friday from 12:00PM to 4:00PM in the RSF Blue Gym.

Course Background

Professor Derek Van Rheenen has partnered with the Recreational Sports Department, the Bay Area Outreach and Recreational Program (BORP), and the American Cultures Engaged Scholar Program to offer UC Berkeley students a course to learn, facilitate, and participate in Goalball. Students will learn to facilitate and participant in the game of Goalball, and also study the theoretical framework by which sports and fitness opportunities impact the disability community. Students with visual impairments are encouraged to enroll. Students enrolled in EDU 75ACES, American Sports, Cultures, and Education, have priority registration. Students outside of the course may apply for unfilled seats.


Depending on enrollment, limited non-course credit openings may be available for community members to participate. For community participation please email the Recreational Sport Department coordinator, Matt Grigorieff, for more information: mattg@berkeley.edu.



Street Address
RSF Blue Gym
2301 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA, 94720

How to Reach Us
Teacher’s Assistant: Jessica Adams