“When something happens in the game, everyone reacts around us, but we don’t really know what happened until we replay.”
Courtney Webeck and Oscar Stubbs use audio commentary at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. sauce: attached
When Australia and New Zealand host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in July and August of this year, Stubbs will have reason to cheer.
With just an app and headphones, supporters can follow the action from the stands through real-time commentary specifically designed for the blind.
Audio commentary was used at last year’s men’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. credit: FIFA/qatar2022.qa
Stubbs says the difference is “huge.”
“If I could find out what was happening at the exact time instead of nagging people around me…that would be great.”
It would be great if I could know what was happening at the exact time instead of nagging people around me.
– Oscar Stubbs, football fan
“I think it’s really good that it’s a women’s sport that started in Australia…that’s a big thing. As a blind girl, it’s great to see Matilda rise to the top of the world.
How does the audio commentary work?
“So when the ball moves around the field, the head really moves. You have to tell them where the ball is. You have to tell them what’s going on,” he said. said.
David Feeney is trained to provide audio-visual commentary for visually impaired sports fans. sauce: attached
“For example, the left side, the right side, nearly half of the field. It’s just on the edge of the box. It’s the corner. Corner kicks are right foot kickers. They wear yellow boots.
“We try to make them feel fully involved in the game and have conversations with friends and relatives to actually reassure them that what they’re saying actually happened.”
“Certainly for me it’s really crystallized. There are really a few people here and unless you tell them exactly where the ball is, they don’t know where the ball is.”
British businessman Alan March provides audio commentary for UEFA Champions League and English Premier League clubs. He also helped serve in Arabic and English at last year’s Qatar Worlds his Cup.
Alan March during an audio commentary training session for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sydney. sauce: attached / Steve Christ
“It’s really not that new,” March said. “But people are often surprised when they first hear about it.”
“This is probably an access tool that enables people who are thinking, ‘This event is out of scope for me.’ It’s not the limit anymore.”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/vision-impaired-football-fans-will-have-womens-world-cup-matches-described-to-them/5lwh8ifs0 Women’s World Cup 2023 matches include audio commentary