The match duration for five-a-side football is 50 minutes which is divided into two halves of 25-minutes. Each of the team can request a one-minute time-out in each half. Seven-a-side football is played for two thirty-minute halves with a 15-minutes half-time break.
In 5-a-side football, only athletes with visual impairments compete. The goalkeeper in the team must be either sighted or partially sighted (belonging to B2 or B3 category). The disability classes for them are:-
Totally blind or have a very low visual acuity.
Partially sighted, have a visual acuity of 2/60 or a visual field of not more than 5 degrees.
Partially sighted, have a visual acuity of 2/60 to 6/60 or a visual field of 5-20 degrees.
In 7-a-side football, athletes with cerebral palsy or other neurological disorders compete.
The disability classes for them are:-
Hypertonia in both lower limbs and to some extent in upper limbs. Athletes have difficulty in running, turning and stopping.
Coordination and balance problems in all four limbs and trunk because of athetosis or ataxia. Difficulty in dribbling the ball especially when running.
Hemiplegic athletes (only one side of the body is affected which causes the players to walk and run with a limp).
Minimally impaired athletes.