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

  • Jun 02 - Jun 04
    49th Annual Rhode Island State Summer Games
    Fri Jun 2 - Sun Jun 04, 2017
     
    Kingston
    Rhode Island
    USA

    49th Annual Rhode Island State Summer Games

    Fri Jun 2 - Sun Jun 04, 2017
     

    The State Summer Games will be held Friday, June 2nd, through Sunday June 4th at the University of Rhode Island. Over 1,500 athletes will be participating in sports over the course of this most anticipated weekend-long sporting event of the year! Sports that will be offered include: Track & Field, Swimming, Cycling, Bowling, Powerlifting, Soccer & Motor Activities Training Program.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    University of Rhode Island
    45 Upper College Road
    Kingston, Rhode Island
    USA
  • Jul 07 - Jul 09
    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games
    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     
    5 venues
    Canada

    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games

    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     

    The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is taking place in Medicine Hat from July 7 to 9. Medicine Hat will host the largest Provincial Summer Games with over 1,200 athletes and coaches from across the province. Athletes will compete in 11 summer sports: 5 and 10 pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Basketball, Bocce, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball and Swimming
    Family Leisure Centre
    2000 Division Ave N.
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
    5-pin Bowling and 10-pin Bowling
    Panorama Bowling Lanes
    820 FA Ave SW
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
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  • Jul 10 - Jul 12
    Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games 2017
    Mon Jul 10 - Wed Jul 12, 2017
     
    44135 Dortmund
    Nordrhein-Westfalen
    Germany

    Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games 2017

    Mon Jul 10 - Wed Jul 12, 2017
     

    From the 10-12 July 2017, the Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games will be hosted in Neuss near the river Rhine. About 1000 athletes are expected to compete in 12 different of sports (athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, judo, roller skating, swimming, and table tennis). There will also be a big opening ceremony, 4 healthy athletes disciplines (Fit Feet, Health Promotion, Fun Fitness and Strong Minds) and MATP. It will be lots of fun! So, if you are nearby, come around and enjoy the games with us!


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Marc Becker
    Leuthardstraße 9
    44135 Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
    Germany
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