Imagine watching a football match in which you cannot distinguish between the teams. This is exactly how color blind fans experience a match between Israeli champions Hapoel Beer Sheva and Maccabi Haifa, when both teams wear their traditional outfits of red and green.
Color blindness is an inherited disability affecting about 8% of male population, the most common form of it prevents distinguishing between red and green. This disability affects the fans watching the match on TV or in the stadium, as well as the players themselves.
The Israeli Professional Football Leagues (IPFL) maintains a constant dialogue with its supporters encouraging them to interact and propose improvements to the league.
Recently, one a fan had a particularly moving request to solve the confusion color-blind fans suffer from in matches between teams wearing green and red.
The IPFL Board of Directors approved today the initiative to convert the Israeli Premier League into a “color-blind friendly” league. The league will adopt new kit guidelines that define green and red as identical colors and therefore opposing teams will not be allowed to wear them when playing each other.
In such cases, the away team will be required to use its alternate outfit (white/black/stripes); this will also apply to goalkeepers’ uniforms in games against red or green teams.
Mr. Nicolas Lev, IPFL CEO: “The idea of facilitating football matches to assist color blind people touched me personally as I am very familiar with this disability. There is no cure for color blindness, but the simple solution we have found will allow players and fans to fully enjoy the football experience. I call other leagues around the world to follow our initiative to make football accessible to color blind people”