European Football Week

Women in football/soccer jerseys run after a football on a green pitch.
Suzanne van den Einden-Brok from The Netherlands is both a Special Olympics Athlete Leader and a dedicated footballer. Now she’s combining her talents on a mission open up the beautiful game to ALL women and girls!
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A group of young people in yellow and white t-shirts stand behind an 'ESPN and Special Olympics Unified Sports' banner facing the camera on an indoor court.
Participants at the recent ESPN-sponsored Unified Football Tournament in Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced not only the joy of football, but also moments of inclusion, connection and generosity.
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Eleven women wearing orange and white football kits stand in front of a football/soccer net on a football pitch.
More than 150 players from across Europe were greeted as true champions at the Closing Ceremony of the recent Special Olympics European 8-a-side Football Tournament in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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In a line of female athletes standing on a stage with medals around their necks, one shakes hand with a female standing on the ground.
Players at the recent Special Olympics European Football Tournament were not only cheered on by friends, fans and families, they were also supported by international football star Célia Šašić.
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Female football/soccer player kicks the ball towards two male players on a football pitch.
Football fields all across Europe are coming alive with activity this summer, as women and girls with and without intellectual disabilities claim their rightful place on the pitch.
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A cut-out photo of two female footballers high-fiving with colourful graphics in the background.
‘Keep Up With the Girls’ is a brand new European Union-supported project aimed at getting women and girls with and without intellectual disabilities (ID) involved in football.
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European Football Week 2019
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A team of female footballers in a blue kit jump in the air on a football pitch.
With football fans counting down the days to kick-off at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Special Olympics is also gearing up for a week-long celebration of the beautiful game.
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This year, from 25 May to 2 June, 40,000 participants across 50 countries will take part in 450 events.
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