The IBSA has published COVID-19 guidelines for its football events ©IBSA

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has published guidelines to ensure the safe return of its football events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Testing and temperature checks will be required for players to be eligible to compete in IBSA football events under the measures outlined by the governing body.

Either organisers or the IBSA will have to appoint a safety officer to oversee the implementation of COVID-19 at tournaments, while players must install a coronavirus tracing app if the host country has one available.

The Organising Committee must also supply equipment such as hand sanitiser, gloves and disinfectant.

Players will be asked to adhere to social distancing when they are not on the pitch and wearing a face mask will be mandatory for those not on the field of play.

All IBSA events must be operated according to the guidelines ©Getty Images
All IBSA events must be operated according to the guidelines ©Getty Images

"Guidelines are set out for all stakeholders including athletes, team staff, officials, volunteers and other staff including spectators (if permitted according to local regulations) involved in competitions to prevent COVID-19 infection," the IBSA said in a statement.

"These countermeasures are also intended to support event organisers and, therefore, all IBSA Blind Football sanctioned competitions must be operated according to these guidelines."

The coronavirus pandemic ground all sport to a halt for much of the year and forced the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021.

The IBSA Men's and Women's Blind Football World Championships were pushed back from 2022 to 2023 as a result of the reshuffle of the IBSA calendar, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.