Football

Football (Americans call it soccer) is possibly the world's most popular team sport. It's also Special Olympics' most popular sport. This page draws together football-related information for all of Special Olympics, including news, stories, calendar events and competition results.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics football.  View the Football Fact Sheet

Played in just about every country, the sport's success is due to the fact that it can be played by boys, girls, men and women of just about any physical build and ability. Football requires little in the way of specialized equipment and is organized using simple, intuitive rules. 

It's so fundamental to the future of Special Olympics' growth plans that it is the focus of our Global Football initiative.

Football is perfect for Special Olympics Unified Sports, in which people with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same teams. In 2010, Special Olympics held its Unity Cup in connection with the World Cup.

The coming years will see more exciting global and regional football events for Special Olympics.


Football Stories and News


julio 21, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales participan en un Mundialito de Futbol en México

By Paola Martinelli

Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales tuvieron la oportunidad de interactuar, compartir y tener una experiencia de inclusión en un “Mundialito de Futbol” organizado por Olimpiadas Especiales México en la Ciudad de México.View Story Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales tuvieron la oportunidad de interactuar, compartir y tener una experiencia de inclusión en un “Mundialito de Futbol” organizado por Olimpiadas Especiales México en la Ciudad de México. En el evento habían equipos de la rama femenina y masculina y los jugadores fueron divididos enequipos según su nivel de habilidad. Cada equipo escogió un nombre de un país para representar a su equipo en el torneo. Estos eventos no solo apoyan la inclusión sino que le dan la oportunidad a los atletas de conocer a muchos otros atletas que juegan en otros clubes y vivir de primera mano que se siente formar parte de un equipo.

About Paola Martinelli:Directora Nacional de Comunicación y Mercadotecnia; Directora Nacional del Programa Atletas Líderes Asesora Regional del Comite de Deporte Unificado
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abril 25, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador y El Espíritu del Fútbol

By Johamy Alabi

Conferencia de Prensa, representantes de Digicel, Spirit of Football, Embajada Britanica y Olimpiadas Especiales

Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales tuvieron el honor de ser los anfitriones de la llegada del Balón de la Paz, el cual estuvo en El Salvador del 29 de marzo al 04 de abril.View Story Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales tuvieron el honor de ser los anfitriones de la llegada del Balón de la Paz, el cual estuvo en El Salvador del 29 de marzo al 04 de abril. Durante su paso por El Salvador, El Balón junto con atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales y jugadores de fútbol como Oscar Cerén, capitán de Juventud Independiente; Agustín Ruiz y Frank Velázquez de la Selección de Fútbol de Playa; Asi como, los equipos de primera división FAS y Atlético Marte firmaron el balón de La Paz. Además, se realizaron actividades educativas y de entretenimiento como Clínica de Fútbol con Escuela de Fútbol Boca Juniors y Partido amistoso de la Selección Unificada de Olimpiadas Especiales contra equipo de ex mundialistas 82.“El Balón de la Paz” en El Salvador fue gracias al patrocinio de Digicel, Hotel Courtyard Marriot La Gran Via, Transporte SC y Lumina Estudio. Además contamos con el apoyo de King Quality, Platium Centroamérica, Agua Las Perlitas,Domino´s Pizza, MITUR,INDES, Embajada Britanica

About Johamy Alabi:Directora Ejecutiva
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abril 03, 2014 | Latin America: Guatemala

El Espíritu del Fútbol visitó Guatemala y compartió con Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales

By Sara Alvizures

Selección de Olimpiadas Especiales y equipo del Club Comunicaciones FC y El Espíritu del Fútbol

Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala se convirtieron en anfitriones de la llegada del Balón que lleva consigo un mensaje de Paz e Inclusión, como una iniciativa del Espíritu de Fútbol que visita diferentes ciudades del mundo y es firmado por distintas personas y jugadores de más de 25 países;View Story Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala se convirtieron en anfitriones de la llegada del Balón que lleva consigo un mensaje de Paz e Inclusión, como una iniciativa del Espíritu de Fútbol que visita diferentes ciudades del mundo y es firmado por distintas personas y jugadores de más de 25 países; por lo que nuestros atletas no sólo lo recibieron y firmaron, sino que jugaron con él. Durante su paso por Guatemala, El Balón visitó el Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, donde fue firmado por el Viceministro del Deporte y la Recreación, El comisionado Presidencial para el Deporte, la Embajadora de Inglaterra y la Presidenta de Olimpiadas Especiales. Asimismo el Balón rodó en el Estadio Cementos Progreso junto a atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala y jugadores de fútbol del Club Comunicaciones FC,quienes compartieron con nuestros atletas haciendo lanzamientos de penal con el balón en la cancha, firmaron autógrafos y se tomaron fotografías con ellos.

About Sara Alvizures:Directora Ejecutiva de Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala
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Football Events


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Event

Location

enero 08, 2014

2014 Special Olympics East Asia Regional Senior Coach Training - Soccer

Special Olympics China will be hosting the 2014 Special Olympics East Asia Regional Senior Coach Training for soccer. Senior soccer coaches from across 6 Programs in the East Asia region will be invited to part take in this important event.
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CHINA

mar 8 - jun 8 2014

Special Olympics Peru National Games

Join us August 3-6 in Lima, Peru as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete in football, basketball and volleyball to qualify for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Ivan Huapaya
Email:deportes@olimpiadasespecialesperu.org
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Lima
PERU

mayo 08, 2014

Special Olympics Unified Sports Soccer Match

MLS WORKS, ESPN, and Special Olympics North America will host a Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer match immediately following the MLS All-Star open practice at Providence Park. The match will highlight Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer teams (comprised of players both with and without intellectual disabilities from North America and Germany) and the partnership’s exchange programs currently taking place in conjunction with various MLS clubs. Please enter Providence Park through Gate 2. Gates will open at 9:30 AM and close at 3:30 PM. No ticket required.
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Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison St

Portland, Oregon
UNITED STATES

agosto 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
For more information
Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Pansa Stadium
Chalerm Phrakiat 80

Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

ago 21 - 28 2014

Special Olympics Mexico National Games

Join us for the biggest Special Olympics Mexico event in the country. More than 800 hundred athletes from around the country will compete for a chance to qualify for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. The Games will feature Unified Football which join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to play together. With over 2,000 spectators and 270 volunteers, these National Games promise to be a huge celebration for all of our athletes.
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Vacational Center Oaxtepec
Mexico City, D.F., Morelos
MEXICO

agosto 24, 2014

MLS Team Exchange

Coaches, athletes and unified partners participating in high school unified soccer will be eligible to participate on the Special Olympics Sounders teams that will be playing home and away against the Special Olympics Timbers and Special Olympics Rapids. Each exchange will include a competition, players clinic, team awareness activity and tickets to watch the MLS teams in action. This unique opportunity is supported by the MLS and its member clubs.
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Portland, Oregon
UNITED STATES

agosto 25, 2014

El Salvador National Games

Join us August 25-30 in San Salvador, El Salvador as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete in football, open water swimming, aquatics and table tennis to qualify for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Johamy Alabi
Email:jalabi@olimpiadasespecialeselsalvador.org
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San Salvador
EL SALVADOR

sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 10 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

oct 10 - dic 10 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
For more information
Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

oct 10 - nov 10 2014

South Carolina Fall Games

Join us from October 10-11 at Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina as athletes from all over the state will be competing in Under 21 bocce, masters bowling, disc golf, flag football, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer. Hope to see you there.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road

Taylors, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

octubre 19, 2014

Unified Soccer Assessment Round - South Section

Join us on October 19th at Plymouth Street Fields in Mansfield, Massachusetts for an exciting day of Unified soccer. Registration opens at 8am with competition lasting from 10am-2pm. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Sam Baglioni
Email:sam.baglioni@specialolympicsma.org
Phone:508-821-3635
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Plymouth Street Fields
50 Plymouth Street

Mansfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

octubre 20, 2014

2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament

Join us for the 2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament Monday, October 20th at West Rutland School in West Rutland, Vermont. This competition will include schools from throughout Vermont. Athletes and partners will compete in 5 per side team soccer or individual skills. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
For more information
Chris Langevin
Email:clangevin@vtso.org
Phone:802-863-5222
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West Rutland School
713 Main St.

West Rutland, Vermont
UNITED STATES

octubre 20, 2014

School Unified Soccer Tournament

Join us for the 2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament on October 20th at West Rutland School in West Rutland, Vermont. This competition will include athletes and Unified partners from schools from throughout Vermont. This tournament will feature 5 a side football matches as well as an individual skills competition. Come and witness all the sports excitement.
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Chris Langevin
Email:clangevin@vtso.org
Phone:802-863-5222
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West Rutland School
713 Main St

West Rutland, Vermont
UNITED STATES

octubre 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

ene 11 - mar 11 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

feb 11 - nov 15 2014

Special Olympics Unified Football Cup

Modeled after the FIFA World Cup, the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, the Special Olympics Unified Football Cup will bring together qualifying Unified Sports football (soccer) teams from 25 countries representing each of the Special Olympics seven regions to compete and showcase as never before, the bravery, ability and joy of Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners worldwide. Countries that rose to the top during qualifying events and are participating in the Unified Football Cup include: Ivory Coast, South Africa, Tanzania, Libya, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Korea, France, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica and the United States of America.
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Various Venues
MALAYSIA

ago 11 - sep 11 2014

Virginia State Fall Championships

Fall Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's state level competitions, held at the end of the fall season in Virginia Beach. Approximately 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from across Virginia are selected to go for the gold in bowling, bocce, golf, volleyball, roller skating, and soccer competitions. Fall Championships also features a Saturday evening Opening Ceremony, where we light the Flame of Hope to "open" the Championships, followed by a Victory Dance - a favorite of both our athletes and volunteers!
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
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Various Virginia Beach Venues
Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

dic 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
UNITED STATES

jul 24 - feb 8 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
For more information
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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