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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.

World's Most Popular Sport

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.

About This Page

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 Events

  • май
    26
    UEFA Champions Festival
    май 26, 2016
    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
    Rome
    ITALY
    UEFA Champions Festival

    Every year UEFA host a four day festival celebrating the best of the beautiful game of soccer. And each year this event includes a 5-a-side tournament between Special Olympics footballers. The purpose is to demonstrate to the European football communities the skills and capabilities of athletes with intelletual disabilities. The 2016 event will take place in the stunning setting of the courtyard of the Castello Sforzesco in Rome, Italy. On May 26th, 30 athletes will play on a 5-a-side astro turf pitch set up there. This free four day event includes entertainment, music and football themed events. There will be photo exhibition of the best football photography from across the region. It will include images from Special Olympics events.

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    Contact: Alessandra Sanna
    Email: alessandrasanna@hotmail.com

    май 26, 2016
    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
    Courtyard of the Castello Sforzesco
    Rome
    ITALY
  • июн
    02
    Invitational Unified 7-a-side Football Tournament
    июн 02, 2016 - июн 05, 2016
     
    Villarreal
    SPAIN
    Invitational Unified 7-a-side Football Tournament

    For 3 days, special Olympics Unified Football teams from all over Spain, and from 4 European countries, will gather to enjoy their favourite game in the sports facilities of one of the most important teams of the Spanish Premier League: Villarreal CF.

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    Contact: David Pequeño
    Email: info@specialolympics.es
    Phone: +34932174224

    июн 02, 2016 - июн 05, 2016
     
    Ciudad Deportiva del Villarreal CF
    Villarreal, Valencia
    SPAIN
  • июн
    03
    State Summer Games
    июн 03, 2016 - июн 05, 2016
     
    Kingston
    Rhode Island
    State Summer Games

    Join us as 1,500 athletes from 60 teams participate in a weekend-long event at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. Sports offered include: Aquatics, Athletics, Bowling, Cycling, Motor Activities Training Program, Powerlifting and Soccer. Even though some competitions begin Friday, June 3rd during the day, Opening Ceremonies will be held that evening at 7:30pm.

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    Contact: Chris Hopkins
    Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: 401-349-4900

    июн 03, 2016 - июн 05, 2016
     
    University of Rhode Island
    45 Upper College Road
    Kingston, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
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