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Football players compete in our Middle East-North Africa region, where football is an always popular pastime.

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


三月 17, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Unified Team of Guanajuato

By Paola Martinelli

From a base of 26 players who are part of local Lions Club programs and San Francisco del Rincón a selection of 18 players 10 Football players and 8 Special athletes was formed to take part in the two football tournaments.View Story From a base of 26 players who are part of local Lions Club programs and San Francisco del Rincón a selection of 18 players 10 Football players and 8 Special athletes was formed to take part in the two football tournaments in Banchetto Football field 7 in the July-September and September-November 2013 period. The second half of the Special Olympics Unified Team was adjourned. With this type of equipment we athletes with intellectual disabilities and without intellectual disabilities live together, train and learn from each other. Thank you very much to British Council and Premier Skills that supported the training process, as well as support the Unified football project during 2012.

About Paola Martinelli:National Marketing and Communications Manager
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三月 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Croatia

Unified football teams come together in Croatia

By Franjo Horvat

Twelve Special Olympics Unified Sports teams competed in a 7-a-side football competition in Zapresic, Croatia on 12 November 2013.View Story Twelve Special Olympics Unified Sports teams competed in a 7-a-side football competition in Zapresic, Croatia on 12 November 2013. Partners were recruited from local high school Josip Jelacic. One of the teams was comprised of low-ability players. Several of the teams had female team members. The competition was organized by Special Club Luc in cooperation with Special Olympics Croatia. “Everyone had a great time at the competition. The teams were nicely balanced and all the participants had a lot of fun,” said Franjo Horvat, National Director, Special Olympics Croatia. Zeljko Kiseljak, who represented community sports associations and federations of Zagreb County and the community sport association of the town of Zapresic, was on hand to present trophies to the teams.

About Franjo Horvat:Franjo Horvat is National Director of Special Olympics Croatia
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三月 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Spain

I'm a Unified Partner!!

By Esther Cuesta Andujar

My name is Esther Cuesta Andujar, I’m 31 years old, I work as a multisport activities coach and a Unified Sports partner.View Story My name is Esther Cuesta Andujar, I’m 31 years old, I work as a multisport activities coach. I studied Physical Education (“INEF”). I have been working as a multisport coach in Club for a long time, and I often collaborate with Special Olympics, helping them with the organization. I am a Unified Partner in Club Deportivo San Ginés (Level II), and this year we have been awarded a silver medal in the Unified Football-7 Competition.

About Esther Cuesta Andujar:Mi name is Esther Cuesta Andujar, i have been awarded a silver medal in the Unified Football-7 Competition this year.
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Football Events


Date

Event

Location

五月 15 - 16 2015

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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Akin Joseph
Email:akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone:352-243-9536
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ESPN Wide World of Sports
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

五月 28 - 30 2015

South Dakota State Summer Games

This will be our 47th annual State Summer Games Competition. Approximately 600 athletes are expected to compete in athletics, aquatics, team soccer, individual soccer skills, powerlifting and volleyball. See you there!
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Johna Thum
Email:jthum@sosd.org
Phone:605-331-4117
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South Dakota State University Campus
Brookings, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

五月 29 - 31 2015

Missouri State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 for the 2015 Missouri State Summer Games in Springfield Missouri as our athletes showcase their skills over 3 days of sports competition. Athletes will compete in aquatics, soccer, track and field, powerlifting, and volleyball. For more details about the event please refer to link and contact info below.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Springfield, Missouri
UNITED STATES

六月 12 - 14 2015

Illinois Summer Games

Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals more than 11,400 people who attend Summer Games! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions. Competition will be offered in athletics, aquatics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer) and powerlifting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
UNITED STATES

七月 24 - 八月 2 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

八月 18, 2015

Coaches Training - Soccer

Join us on August 18th for a soccer coaches training. The venue is to be to be determined. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

八月 24, 2015

Coaches Training - Soccer

Join us on August 24th for a soccer coaches training online webinar. Attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Webinar
Mount Pleasant, MIchigan
UNITED STATES

九月 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

九月 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:rehdert@ksso.org
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

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results


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


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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