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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


junio 25, 2015 | Latin America: El Salvador

Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador presente en Pre-mundial de Futbol Playa

By Daniela Recinos

Selección de Guatemala portando gafete de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador.

El Salvador fue en el escenario para llevar a cabo el pre-mundial de futbol playa, del 28 de marzo al 4 de abril. Selecciones de Belice y Guatemala fueron los responsables de portar el gafete de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador durante todo el torneo.View Story El Salvador fue en el escenario para llevar a cabo el pre-mundial de futbol playa, del 28 de marzo al 4 de abril. Selecciones de Belice y Guatemala fueron los responsables de portar el gafete de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador durante todo el torneo. Por otro lado, recibimos la visita de Fernando Fiore, conocido como el co-creador de programa “Fuera de Serie” y embajador de Olimpiadas Especiales de América Latina, y nos dio unas palabras para alentar a nuestros atletas. “Quiero darles un abrazo de corazón a todos los atletas, los atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador que le ponen corazón, garra todos los días, los 365 días del año. Yo como embajador de Olimpiadas Especiales les mando un abrazo bien grande y sigan adelante”, dijo Fernando Fiore.

About Daniela Recinos:Voluntaria en el área de comunicaciones
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abril 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

No Differences on the Playing Field

By Maria Jose Gonzalez

I love sports, specially soccer!!! When you work for the world wide leader in sports you have got to love it, but on February 6 2015 we were invited to play a unified game with the Special Olympic Athletes in Mexico and then the love I had for sports meant a whole lot more.View Story I love sports, specially soccer!!! When you work for the world wide leader in sports you have got to love it, but on February 6 2015, we were invited to play a unified game with the Special Olympic Athletes in Mexico and then the love I had for sports meant a whole lot more.I realized that in a soccer field there is only one goal and that the passion for the game is shared by ALL. There are no differences in a playing field, we are all equal and we all want to give our best. The experience while playing the unified game was one of a kind. First of all I have never played with actual members of the Mexico´s National Soccer team, come July I´ll be rooting for them hoping they come home with a gold medal. Second of all I realized that the only boundaries that I could encounter in that field were the ones that limited the side lines and goal lines. Third and last, I was able to recognize a bit of myself in all of my teammates, we all love soccer and we all love to play together.

About Maria Jose Gonzalez:I am the finance manager for ESPN Mexico
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marzo 08, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Unified National Football Team Prepares for Special Olympics World Games

By Paola Martinelli

Seleccion Nacional

Selection of Special Olympics Unified Soccer Mexico team began with a difficult test your preparedness towards the World Games in Los Angeles.View Story Selection of Special Olympics Unified Soccer Mexico team began with a difficult test your preparedness towards the World Games in Los Angeles. Were measured in a friendly match against the team of Atlas 4th Division and fell by three goals to nil after a close game. The national representative took valuable lessons of defeat to serve as motivation to work harder in this pre-fair international. In the second half both teams generated dangerous moves, fought for possession of the ball in midfield and tried to kick a couple of times However the slight advantage was maintained until the last five minutes. It was then that with a header and a left, Atlas left the final score at 3-0.

About Paola Martinelli:Asesora Regional del Comite de Deporte Unificado
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Football Events


Date

Event

Location

dic 9 - sep 13 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 12-13 in Grand Forks, North Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics North Dakota
Phone:701-746-0331
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

diciembre 09, 2015

Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament

Join us on September 12th at Kraft Meadows Middle School in Caledonia, Michigan. This event features athletes from across Michigan's Southwest Region competing in 5 on 5, 7 on 7 and Unified Divisions. Opening Ceremonies kick off at 8:30 am with competition to follow beginning at 9:00 am.
For more information
Nick Caudle
Email:[email protected]
Phone:616-583-1202
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Kraft Meadows Middle School
9230 Kraft Ave. SE

Caledonia, Michigan
UNITED STATES

septiembre 13, 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 13th in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Kansas
Phone:913-236-9290
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Olathe, Kansas
UNITED STATES

septiembre 13, 2015

Northern Region Soccer Tournament

Join us on September 13 at the Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields in Roscommon, Michigan as our athletes compete in the all-day Soccer Tournament. Hope to see you there!
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Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields
Roscommon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

septiembre 14, 2015

Northern Maine Soccer Tourney

Join us September 14th at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone:207-879-0489
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Northern Maine Community College
Presque Isle, Maine
UNITED STATES

sep 26 - 26 2015

Education and Fun Day

Join us September 26th at Independence Park in Kingston 6, Jamaica as we celebrate EKS Day with day of Unified Sports, bocce, football and basketball. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Lorna Bell
Email:[email protected]
Phone:876-906-0752
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Independence ParkKingston 6
JAMAICA

septiembre 27, 2015

Kansas State Soccer & Bocce Tournament

Join us on September 27th at Lone Elm Park in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete in 5-a-side soccer, bocce singles, bocce doubles and bocce team. Cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. We hope to see you there! For more details please refer to the link and contact information below.
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Tim Rehder
Email:[email protected]
Phone:913-236-9290
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Lone Elm Park
21151 W 167th St

Olathe, Kansas
UNITED STATES

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Football/Soccer Competitions

2014 European Summer Games


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.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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