The World Goalball Club Association, wishing to increase competition between clubs on 5 continents has created a competition that aims to bring together the best world clubs, which enshrines the World Champion club, the Goalball Club World Cup (GCWC). The competition is held in both genders, on equal terms and according to the timetable set by the executive committee.

Competition Calendar

2020 - Portugal

2021 - Vancouver - Canada

2023 and every 2 years

Competition Organization Applications

Three years before and until the end of December of the even years, any world club may apply to organize the competition and must present the conditions of the competition, accommodation and venue.

Where conditions are met, continual turnover should be privileged.

At the awards ceremony, the organizer of the next edition of GCWC will be announced.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has the following composition:

2 members of the founding group of WGCA

1 member from each continent

1 Tournament Director

Competition Rules


- Determine the men's and women's goalball world champion clubs;

- Allow the best goalball teams in the world to compete with each other;

- To proclaim goalball and motivate visually impaired people to practice this sport;

- Support the creation of goalball fan clubs and encourage their activity.


10 clubs of each genre will participate in the competition, with the following representation by continents:

America (2), Europe (2), Asia (2), Africa (1), Oceania (1), the previous edition champion club and the organizing country club.

In the first edition and since there is no champion club, the 10th club will be defined by the executive committee between a club from the organizing continent or from the continent of Africa.

9 Referees will participate in the competition and will be represented by continents:

America (2), Europe (2), Asia (2), Africa (1), Oceania (1) and nominated by the organizing country club (1).

The travel, accommodation, transportation and food of the referees will be the responsibility of the host club.

If any continent does not have referees who meet the requirements, it will be the responsibility of the host club to make such nomination without the need to ensure representation of the continent.


- GCWC is a WGCA event run by the executive committee and run by the competition director in partnership with the host club.

Tournament Director Responsibilities:

A. Conduct the tournament smoothly;

B. Coordinate the volunteers

C. Appointing Chief Referee

D. Provide teams with GCWC-related information as soon as possible;

E. Release GCWC-related information to the media;

F. Give information after the event;

G. Approve the amount of the Registration Fee;

Host City Responsibilities:

A. Guarantee and train volunteers who will collaborate in the competition

B. Control tournament preparation and try to help resolve potential issues;

C. Select and invite IBSA Level II or III referees;

D. Organize the prize in the final phase of the tournament;

E. Seek sponsors for the competition;

F. Create communication platforms and social networks about the competition;

G. Post results and other information during the tournament;

H. Organize livestream to increase knowledge and coverage of goalball and offer a chance to all goalball fans around the world to follow matches;

I. Organize an event parallel to the competition that helps to spread the sport and create knowledge union among all.

J. Transportation between airport, hotel and venue of games;

K. Accommodation;

L. Meals (dinner on arrival day, breakfast, lunch and dinner on competition days, breakfast on departure day);

M. Provide waters during games for teams and referees.

N. Determine an application fee;

Responsibility of other participating clubs:

A. Ensure a good fair play tournament organization

B. Help the club organizer

C. Collect information and data for communication platforms;

D. Pay the registration fee;

E. Coordinate with the other clubs of the continent the payment of the referees' travel.


The GCWC will be played simultaneously by the women's and men's clubs;

Clubs will be divided into 2 groups of 5 clubs that will play with each other.

The groups will be drawn up to 3 months before the competition and according to the following distribution:

- each group will have a club from each pot;

- Pot 1 (Champion Club and Host Club)

- Pot 2 (2 Clubs of America)

- Pot 3 (2 European Clubs)

- Pot 4 (2 Asian Clubs)

- Pot 5 (Africa and Oceania Club)


- All games are played according to official IBSA goalball rules;


- Participating teams may enter a maximum of nine (9) players in the tournament.

- In the line-up of each game there can be a maximum of nine (9) people in a team (6 players and 3 team members);

- Participating teams must register at least 50% of club nationality athletes in the tournament and line-up.

-Registered national players must have played for the club in the championship or qualifying tournament


The Tournament is played in a group stage, Quarterfinal, Semi-Final and Finals.

Group stage

A- The system will be pools of 5 teams;

B- Will be awarded 3 points for Victory and 1 point for Draw

C- The first 4 finishers of each group are classified for the quarter finals.

D- If there are clubs tied with the same number of points, the tiebreaker will be as follows:

a. The. Number of points in matches played between tied teams

b. Bigger difference in goals scored and conceded

c. Fewer goals conceded

d. Fewer penalty goals

e. Younger team

Final Quarter

A- Will be played with the following game pairing

a. The Group A winner against Group B Runners-up (QF 1)

b. The Group B winner against Group A Runner-Up (QG2)

c. 2nd place in group A against 3rd place in group B (QF3)

d. 2nd place in group B against 3rd place in group A (QF4)

Semi Finals

A- Will be played between the quarterfinal winners and with the following match:

a. The. Winner of game QF1 vs Game winner QF4 (SF1)

b. Winner of QF2 game against Winner of QF3 game (SF2)


A- The Bronze Game will be played between clubs defeated in the semi-final games.

B- The Final will be played between the winning clubs in the semi-final games.


The Tournament will last 6 days, the first being the day of arrival, the next 4 games and the last the day of departure.

- Tuesday: Arrival and Technical Meeting

- Wednesday and Thursday: round robin matches / team;

- Friday: Final matches / team rooms;

- Saturday: Semi-Finals and Finals.

- Sunday: Departure

- There must be at least an hour and a half between two games of a team.

- A team cannot play more than 2 games per day.



- Goal judges are from the host club.

- The referees are invited according to the representation criteria and according to the IBSA level II and level III list of referees.

- There may be a maximum of three arbitrators from the host country.


The Tournament Director will appoint a Chief Referee, who has the following responsibilities:

A- Organize the work of goal judges and table officials;

B- Complete the tournament protocols and provide the teams with this information;

C- Beware of court technical requirements, change game balls, remove all defects as soon as possible;


The protest will be considered only if the error of the officials influences the score of the game to the benefit of a team.

If after a match the coach is sure that the authorities have harmed the team, he can write a protest. Protest is equivalent to 100 euros. It is given to the head referee within 1 hour of the end of the match. If the protest is acknowledged, the money is returned. If not, the money goes to the Tournament prize fund.


A- Errors in the execution of the game's main clock (video records may be provided);

B- 10 second (8-12s) rule violation (video recordings may be provided);

C- The goal of the off-court line is scored (video records may be provided if recorded at the back of the goal line);

D- The third time-throw penalty was given, but the person played only twice or played the third time-throw, but the referees did not penalize it (video records may be provided);

E- Players took off their blinders when the game was not over (video recordings may be provided);

F- Other gross errors of the referees.

A protest is considered if the error can alter the outcome of the match and a team receives an advantage.