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What is EDSO?

EDSO is European Deaf Sports Organisation, a company set up since 1983, there were already had European Deaf Championship placed since 1967. EDSO organised European Deaf Championship every four years, bringing all the international deaf teams to one place and compete each other until only one winner. They also runs through sports regulations to apply rules in game to make the sport athletes safe.

An international team need to qualify to European Deaf Championship by defeating the other teams in the group stage and take a place in two top spots.

England Deaf Men's Team has completed the group stage early this year, competing Turkey and Czech Republic. In October last year, England Deaf Mens Team defeated by Turkey Deaf Team in October with the result of 5 - 0. In April this year, England Deaf Team successfully lift the victory against Czech Republic with the result of 4 - 1.


After Czech Republic game, the team had to wait to hear the result from Turkey and Czech match, thankfully Turkey has beaten Czech Republic with the result of 1-0. This means we are second in the group stage and qualified to European Deaf Championship next year in Crete.

EDSO Inspection

EDSO carried out this site inspection visit on 18th – 19th May 2018. The reason for this inspection is to carry out at the earliest for this report in order to acclimatise the environment and the facilities that available for us to see.

At the time of the visit the weather is reasonably warm with north eastern gentle breeze from the Mediterranean.

Heraklion is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete. It is the fourth largest city in Greece. According to the results of the 2011 census, the population of the city proper was 140,730 inhabitants, the municipality's was 173,993 while the Heraklion urban area has a population of 225,574 and it extends over an area of 684.3 km2.

Heraklion is the capital of Heraklion regional unit.

The Bronze Age palace of Knossos, also known as the Palace of Minos, is located nearby.

The public transport network is urban buses serving the city, with 39 different routes. Intercity buses connect Heraklion to many major destinations in Crete. No railway infrastructure.


Herodotos Stadium

Archanes Stadium

OFI F.C Stadium