This year's football week kicked off on 17 May and ran through to 25 May. Over the week, 55,000 of our Special Olympics athletes, all of whom have an intellectual disability (ID), played more than 420 matches across 50 countries.
Special Olympics athletes bring skill, pace and joy to the soccer pitch. For spectators and supporters each game was thrilling. But that's no secret to Europe's football governing body, the Union of European Football Associations, UEFA.
“UEFA is very proud to be involved in the annual Special Olympics European Football Week initiative since 2000. Football is a powerful way to instill the values of acceptance, respect, skill and inclusion to communities all over Europe. UEFA is committed to support Special Olympics Football Week so everyone regardless of ability level, has the opportunity to enjoy football, " said Peter Gilliéron, Chairman UEFA Fair Play and Social Responsibility.