Unified Cup Detroit 2022
The Special Olympics Unified Cup 2022 presented by Toyota will show the world how the power of sport builds and shapes a diverse community that unites and empowers people of all abilities, from all backgrounds.

In July 2022, Detroit will welcome nearly 600 athletes from up to 31 nations to compete in football (soccer)—the world’s most popular sport. The Special Olympics Unified Cup is slated for 31 July – 6 August, 2022 and Special Olympics Unified Sports® is what makes it uniquely inclusive: Teams are comprised of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities playing together.

The Special Olympics Unified Cup features competition broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers across the globe. The week-long event will showcase athletic performances on the pitch, and highlight stereotype-defying stories off the pitch—changing minds and opening hearts through transformational inclusion.

Opening Ceremony & Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg

Detroit is ready to celebrate inclusion with live performers and presenters, the Parade of Athletes, and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Unified Cup.
Detroit, MI

Preliminary Matches

Up to 32 of the world’s most elite Special Olympics Unified football teams will compete for the Cup. By the end of the week, teams will enter quarter-final and semi-final rounds for a chance to earn their spot in the finals.
Detroit, MI

Finals, Finals Ceremony, Unified Cup Presentation

Watch as the men’s and women’s finalists compete head-to-head at Keyworth Stadium.
Keyworth Stadium
Athletes on a field huddled into a circle cheering with their hands up.
“Sports, to me, is everything. Competing with my team in the Unified Cup showed me abilities I didn’t know I had. Special Olympics believed in me and made me believe in myself.”
Emanuelle Dutra Fernandes de Souza, Special Olympics Athlete, Brazil
Viewers & Spectators
Family Members and Dignitaries
Competition Venues
Special Events & Featured Programming
Men's UAE teammates huddle together on the field.
"The importance and benefits of events like this are that we are able to show our athletes and their families how capable they are, how strong they are."
Tiago Siqueira, head coach SPECIAL OLYMPICS Brazil