The FA's work around colour blindness is on the increase

Tuesday 06 Sep 2016
Wembley as seen by someone who experiences colour blindness

Today is World Colour Blindness Day and The FA’s own work around colour blind awareness on the increase.

Colour blindness is the world’s most common genetic condition and affects thousands of players, managers and fans.

In fact, one in 12 male and one in 200 female fans and players are affected in some way.

The FA is at the forefront of helping improve things for those affected with colour blindness and is shortly due to issue formal guidance for clubs at all levels which will look at ways clubs can cater for people with colour blindness and how coaches and managers can assist players who have colour blindness.

Male-only squads will have almost certainly have one colour blind player.

Kathryn Albany-Ward, founder of Colour Blind Awareness, said: “We are delighted The FA is taking the issue of colour blindness seriously and recognising the need for proper inclusion of fans and players.

“Fans have been frustrated for many years because they haven’t always been able to follow matches due to kit clashes, while players at all levels can have problems seeing training equipment and can find it difficult to work out which are their own team-mates in matches.

“The FA understands the need to address these problems to ensure colour blind people aren’t excluded from football.

“This year Colour Bind Awareness Day is all about removing the stigma of colour blindness, so players can have the confidence to come forward without feeling embarrassed or at a competitive disadvantage. We hope to see plenty of people using #Iam1in12 or #Iam1in200.”

For more information on colour blindness visit and please help to support #ColourBlindAwarenessDay on social media.

If you are colour blind and keen to help raise awareness please use #Iam1in12 or #Iam1in200.

By FA Staff