Goalball was invented in 1946 by Austrian, Hanz Lorenzen, and German Sepp Reindle,
in an effort to help in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans. The game
was introduced to the world in 1976 at the Paralympics in Toronto, Canada and
has been played at every Paralympic since. As well every four years a World
Championships has been held with the first being in Austria in 1978
Goalball first came about in Finland during 1961, via West-Germany (at the time) by a Mr. Arvo Karvinen. During the next 10 years Goalball spread throughout Southern Finland, mainly by local Associations and Schools for the Blind.
The first tournament took place in Turku in 1971 and the first ever Finnish Championships were held Helsinki in 1972. Finland have had a National Championship every year since.
Finland (Mens) Team first became involved at the International level by participating in the Paralympic Games in 1980 in Arnhem, The Netherlands and have continued to participate at this level ever since, including Atlanta in 1996.
Finland's (Womens) Team got their intiation at the International level by competing in the Barcelona Paralympic Games in 1994.
This year (1997), Finland will host two National Championships, with at least 13 Teams and a total of about 65 players (Men & Women).