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Helping Deaf Blind People Experience World Cup Joy

Friends share the magic of the World Cup through clever mini field system.

The FIFA World Cup is one of the world's premier sporting spectacles, with 32 teams and tens of thousands of fans flooding Russia this year for weeks of intense competition, glory and heartbreak.

It is one of the most-watched events on the planet.... but how to ensure that those with hearing or sight impairments can experience the joy of the cup?

Football fans worldwide are finding novel ways to do so.

Friends Help Blind-Deaf Mate Experience World Cup Goal

This video, shared on Instagram on Saturday, shows three Brazilian fans in front of their team's match against Costa Rica. Using a miniature model pitch, one man helps guide his friend's hands around the field, tracking the ball movements.

As a cross comes in, their hands lift off the pitch to mimic the lofted ball, and then the man taps his hand against his head to show the ball being headed down by a Brazil player.

Brazil's midfielder Philippe Coutinho then smashes the ball into the back of the net, as the three fans celebrate, banging a drum and hugging.

They aren't alone, with a similar system used to let deaf, blind Colombian fan Jose Richard Gallego follow his team's match against Poland.

The Brazilian fans seem to have planned their model pitch for a while, with a 2014 Youtube video appearing to show the same people building their miniature field.

Just goes to show the lengths people will go to so they can experience and share the magic of the World Cup.