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


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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febrero 10, 2014 | Latin America: Guatemala

Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala recibe el Trofeo de la Copa del Mundo

By Sara Alvizures

Nuestros atletas esperando la llegada de la Copa Mundial

Nuestros atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala fueron invitados por THE COCA-COLA COMPANY a recibir y dar la bienvenida al Trofeo de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, que realiza una gira por más de 88 países, antes de regresar a Brasil.View Story Nuestros atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala fueron invitados por THE COCA-COLA COMPANY a recibir y dar la bienvenida al Trofeo de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, que realiza una gira por más de 88 países, antes de regresar a Brasil. 20 atletas de nuestro equipo de fútbol realizaron una valla en el aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora donde tuvieron la oportunidad de saludar a Christian Karembeu y la comisión que acompaña al trofeo. Al día siguiente, 150 atletas tuvieron la oportunidad de realizar un tour para conocer la Copa del Mundo donde además de divertirse con las actividades preparadas, pudieron fotografiarse con la Copa y con Fuleco, la mascota oficial de la próxima Copa Mundial.

About Sara Alvizures:Soy la Directora Ejecutiva de Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala
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enero 15, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Embajador de El Salvador en el Mundial Brasil, 2014

By Guisele Calderón

El Embajador de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador, Joel Aguilar Chicas ha sido seleccionado por la Comisión de Árbitros de la FIFA para ser uno de los árbitros presentes en el Mundial Brasil 2014.View Story El Embajador de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador, Joel Aguilar Chicas ha sido seleccionado por la Comisión de Árbitros de la FIFA para ser uno de los árbitros presentes en el Mundial Brasil 2014. En la elección de los árbitros seleccionados para el Mundial brasileño, se tuvo en cuenta sobre todo su personalidad y su capacidad de compresión al leer el juego y el planteamiento táctico de los equipos en cada encuentro. Los asistentes de Joél Aguilar Chicas serán William Alexander Torres y Juan Francisco Zumba Galán. Ellos también fueron elegidos por la FIFA para el Mundial de Sudáfrica 2010, siendo así la segunda vez que participarían en un Mundial. ¡Que orgullo Salvadoreño y para Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador!

About Guisele Calderón :Coordinadora de Mercadeo, Comunicaciones y Relaciones Publicas.
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Football Events


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abril 27, 2014

East Region Soccer Jamboree

Join Special Olympics Washington-East Region as over 150 athletes with and without disabilities will come together at Davis High School in Yakima, Washington to compete in what is sure to be a thrilling day of soccer!
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Jill Ives
Email:jives@sowa.org
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Davis High School
Yakima, Washington
UNITED STATES

marzo 05, 2014

King County Soccer Tournament

Join Special Olympics Washington on May 3rd at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washigton at the King County Region's ultra Competitive Soccer Tournament!
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Bird Folsom
Email:afolsom@sowa.org
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Starfire Sports Complex
6840 Fort Dent Way

Tukwila, Washington
UNITED STATES

may 15 - 17 2014

South Dakota State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics South Dakota on 15-17 May at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota as athletes from around the state compete in 3 days of athletic competition. Athletes will be competing in the following sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Aquatics, Powerlifting and Athletics. Hope to see you there!
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Mistie Caldwell
Email:director@visitspearfish.com
Phone:605-717-9294
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Black Hills State University
1200 University Blvd

Spearfish, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

may 15 - 17 2014

State Summer Games - South Dakota

Please join us in the celebration of our largest annual competition! Athletes will compete in Aquatics, Athletics, Powerlifting, Soccer Skills, Team Soccer and Volleyball.
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Campus of Black Hills State University
Spearfish, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

may 16 - 17 2014

Florida State Summer Games

Special Olympics Florida’s Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremonies featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It concludes on Saturday night with closing ceremonies and the much anticipated victory dance.
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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

junio 20, 2014

Special Olympics Timor Leste National Games

The National Games will have five competition sports: athletics, bocce, table tennis, badminton and 5-aside football. From these Games, Timor Leste athletes will be selected for the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
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Sebastiao do Rego Guterres
Email:sebaguterres@gmail.com
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Baucau
TIMOR-LESTE

ago 7 - dic 7 2014

2014 Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making the 2014 Games the largest Canadian Games ever. It is anticipated that over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be part of the 2014 Games, in addition to over 1,000 Event volunteers, who will help to make this an outstanding and truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
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Email:info@vancouver2014.com
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University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
CANADA

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

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).
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Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

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 11 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

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

oct 29 - 11 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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MALAYSIA

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

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.
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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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Football/Soccer Competitions

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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