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Football

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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


November 13, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bangladesh

YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic invites SO Bangladesh Coach

By Karyn Tan

Coaches (including Special Olympics Bangladesh's Md Abdur Razzaque) being trained under the YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic in Bangladesh.

YKK Holding Asia Pte Ltd (YHA) and YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd invited Special Olympics Bangladesh football coach Mr. Md Abdur Razzaque to participate in the YKK ASIA Group Kids Football Clinic (AKFC) in Chittagong, Bangladesh.View Story YKK Holding Asia Pte Ltd (YHA) and YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd invited Special Olympics Bangladesh football coach Mr. Md Abdur Razzaque to participate in the YKK ASIA Group Kids Football Clinic (AKFC) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. This event was part of YKK's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, with the aim to deliver a once in a lifetime experience for these children, many are from orphanages and underprivileged homes. Close to 300 kids and 30 local coaches, including Mr. Razzaque were involved over October 30th to November 1st. Real Madrid Foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Javier Garcia Torres and Rafael Palacios Ruiz-Peinado shared the club's training methodology and techniques with the coaches.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region
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November 05, 2014 | North America: Jamaica

It Is All About Inclusion in Jamaica

By Lorna Bell

Patrick King from Digivel, Lorna Bell from Special Olympics, Natalie Neita Headley, Minister of Sports, Captain Horace Burrell,President of Jamaica Football Federation with Special Olympics Jamaica young footballers

Special Olympics Jamaica young footballers were invited to join some 100 footballers ages 6 - 11 for the third staging of the Digicel/Jamaica Football Federation Grassroots football clinic which was held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the JFF Training Facility.View Story Special Olympics Jamaica young footballers were invited to join some 100 footballers ages 6 - 11 for the third staging of the Digicel/Jamaica Football Federation Grassroots football clinic which was held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the JFF Training Facility. The Minister responsible for Sports, Mrs. Natalie Neita-Headley spoke highly about the vision of including our Special Olympics athletes as this is important for nation building and so congratulated Digicel and the Jamaica Football Federation for including Special Olympics young footballers in the grassroots program which is endorsed by FIFA. Every footballer received a football from Digicel and Patrick KIng, Customer solutions from Digicel made it very clear that Special Olympics is an area very near and dear to the heart of Digicel.

About Lorna Bell:I am the National Director for Special Olympics Jamaica's program
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November 05, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Turkey

Unified Sports Recreation kicks off in Turkey

By Serkan Ovatman

Unified session in practice with 30 kids from the city of Istanbul

Special Olympics Turkey, in cooperation with the Turkish Football Federation and six football clubs, has launched a Unified Sports Recreation project for 600 children with and without an intellectual disability aged 8-12.View Story Special Olympics Turkey, in cooperation with the Turkish Football Federation and six football clubs, has launched a Unified Sports Recreation project for 600 children with and without an intellectual disability aged 8-12. The project, supported by the King Baudouin Foundation, aims at creating universal access to sport and delivering quality physical activity for children thus ensuring that they have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of sport and an active lifestyle. On 25-26 October 2014 a kick-off seminar for 50 coaches from six cities involved in the 18-month project was organized in Istanbul. All participants enjoyed the seminar and are ready to build an inclusive and joyful atmosphere on their football fields.

About Serkan Ovatman:I am assistant of sport director in Special Olympics Turkey and project coordinator.
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Football Events


Date

Event

Location

Dec 13 - 14 2014

2014 Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Email:info@sosc.org
Phone:562-502-1100
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Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St

Fountain Valley, California
UNITED STATES

Dec 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
UNITED STATES

Jun 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

Jul 24 - Aug 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

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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

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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