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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

  • juil.
    26
    2016 MLS All-Stars Open Training & Special Olympics Unified Match
    juil. 26, 2016
    04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    San Jose
    California
    2016 MLS All-Stars Open Training & Special Olympics Unified Match

    The Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match presented by MLS WORKS and ESPN, will feature athletes representing 18 MLS clubs from the U.S. and Canada. The teams will take the pitch in an East vs. West matchup immediately following the MLS All-Star open training session at Avaya Stadium. The Unified Sports All-Star soccer teams are comprised of players with and without intellectual disabilities, and will play an 11 v. 11 match consisting of two 35-minute halves. Gates will open to the public at 3:30 PM PT. Get ticket information by using the link below.

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    juil. 26, 2016
    04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Avaya Stadium
    1123 Coleman Avenue
    San Jose, California
    UNITED STATES
  • sept.
    10
    North Soccer League
    sept. 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Clark
    New Jersey
    North Soccer League

    Join us 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 information

    sept. 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Oak Ridge Park
    Clark, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • sept.
    10
    Central Soccer League
    sept. 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Central Soccer League

    Join us 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 information

    sept. 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Rider University
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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