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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


octobre 02, 2014 | Africa: Togo

Special Olympics Togo un gala de football unifié

By Mr Belo Mofou

Special Olympics Togo a organisé le samedi 07 juin 2014 un gala de football unifié sur le terrain de football d’Akassimé au quartier Hanoukopé de Lomé.View Story Special Olympics Togo a organisé le samedi 07 juin 2014 un gala de football unifié sur le terrain de football d’Akassimé au quartier Hanoukopé de Lomé. Organisée dans le cadre de la reprise de ses activités, cette rencontre de football a connu la participation d’une cinquantaine de personnes aussi bien « normales » que celles vivant avec une déficience intellectuelle. L’objectif selon M. Komla Galley, Directeur National de Special Olympics Togo était de passer un message : « les personnes vivant avec une déficience intellectuelle peuvent vivre dans la société et faire tout comme toute personne qu’on peut qualifier de normale». C’était dans une atmosphère empreinte de bonne humeur et de gaieté que la compétition s’est déroulée. Bien qu’il y ait eu une équipe victorieuse sur le terrain, il n’y a eu ni vainqueur ni vaincu. Seul Special Olympics Togo est le gagnant

About Mr Belo Mofou :Special Olympics Togo Board Chair
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octobre 02, 2014 | Africa: Senegal

Journée du championnat du Sénégal: Escorte joueurs

By Ms Rajah Diouri SY

Pour une journée du championnat de Ligue 2 du Sénégal, les footballeurs de Special Olympics Sénégal ont joué en prélude du match au Stade Alassanne Djigo de Pikine.View Story Pour une journée du championnat de Ligue 2 du Sénégal, les footballeurs de Special Olympics Sénégal ont joué en prélude du match au Stade Alassanne Djigo de Pikine. Nos athlétes ont aussi servi d'escorte aux joueurs du match opposant Guédiawaye Football Club à l'AS Saloum. Merci au Guediawaye FC qui nous a conviés! Cet engagement leur a porté bonheur: ils ont gagné par 4 buts à 0. La chance était là et SOS aussi ! YES!

About Ms Rajah Diouri SY :Special Olympics Senegal National Director
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mars 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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Football Events


Date

Event

Location

déc. 9 - sept. 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

décembre 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

septembre 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

septembre 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

septembre 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

septembre 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


Jeux canadiens d'été 2014

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, was the largest Canadian Games ever. Athletes competed in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball. 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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Made Possible by The Annenberg Foundation

The Special Olympics movement is profoundly grateful for the support of the Annenberg Foundation which has underwritten the production of the coaches’ guides and resources, supporting our global goals for coaches’ excellence.

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