Helping colour blind people in football

The English Football Association and UEFA have joined forces with the Colour Blind Awareness organisation to produce a guide booklet, as part of a campaign to maximise awareness and improve the experience of colour blind people in football.

Football kits in a dressing room – normal colour vision (top) and colour blind simulation (bottom)
Football kits in a dressing room – normal colour vision (top) and colour blind simulation (bottom) ©UEFA

Approximately one in 12 men inherit colour blindness. It's carried on the X-chromosome, so only one in 200 women inherit the condition.

It can be a real issue in football, whether you’re watching, playing, managing or officiating. Imagine not being able to tell the difference between kit colours, and how that would affect you, your team-mate or your child.

There are three types of colour blindness – and myriad colour combinations which cause problems. The common perception that colour blind people only confuse reds and greens is just a myth.

UEFA has been working closely with the English Football Association and specialist organisation Colour Blind Awareness to highlight the issue.

The intention is to positively influence decision-makers at every level of the game, and improve the experience of colour blind people – whatever their involvement in football.

This work has seen the production of a comprehensive guidance booklet. You can read and download it here.

Please also visit the Colour Blind Awareness website for ways in which you can help maximise awareness.

Together, let’s make sure football is accessible to everyone.