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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


diciembre 23, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Hector Romo Entrenador de Deporte Unificado

By Paola Martinelli

Mi participacion en Olimpiadas Especiales ha sido como entrenador en diferentes disciplinas:atletismo, bochas, futbol 5 y unificado actualmente entreno con jóvenes del cam num. 20. de educación especial ubicado en Tulancingo de bravo estado de Hidalgo.View Story Mi participacion en Olimpiadas Especiales ha sido como entrenador en diferentes disciplinas:atletismo, bochas, futbol 5 y unificado actualmente entreno con jóvenes del cam num. 20. de educación especial ubicado en Tulancingo de bravo estado de Hidalgo. Al trabajar con un equipo de fútbol unificado en la experiencia que tuve con el equipo me permitió observar a los jóvenes especiales sentirse mas seguros en su participación y en realidad poder ser parte de equipo de competencia. La integración grupal el que los jóvenes unificados el que VAYAN apoyado cuidando entre todos da como resultado la sensibilizacion de ellos y también de sus familias ya que fue una experiencia nueva para ambos grupos.

About Paola Martinelli:Directora Nacional de Comunicación y Mercadotecnia
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diciembre 24, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Selección de Fútbol Playa realizó Clínica Deportiva con atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales

By Guisele Calderon

El pasado miércoles 12 por la tarde en las instalaciones del Estadio Nacional de Futbol Playa los integrantes de la selección nacional de futbol playa y su cuerpo técnico, disfrutaron de una tarde especial.View Story El pasado miércoles 12 por la tarde en las instalaciones del Estadio Nacional de Futbol Playa los integrantes de la selección nacional de futbol playa y su cuerpo técnico, disfrutaron de una tarde especial. A las 3:30 de la tarde se dio inicio con las palabras del Director Técnico Rudis Gallo quien se mostro complacido de formar parte del movimiento y pidió que se desarrollen mas eventos. Además hizo del conocimiento que en la I Copa Centroamericana de Fútbol Playa portará en la banda de capitán el logo de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador, contribuyendo a la promoción del mensaje de igualdad y aceptación hacia con discapacidad intelectual. Al dar inicio la I Copa Centroamericana de Fútbol Playa los países visitantes, Costa Rica, Panamá y Guatemala también usaron la banda de capitán de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador. Nuestros atletas formaron parte del protocolo al ingresar con los jugadores para entonar las notas de los himnos nacionales antes de cada partido.

About Guisele Calderon:Coordinadora de Mercadeo, Comunicaciones y Relaciones Públicas.
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julio 21, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales participan en un Mundialito de Futbol en México

By Paola Martinelli

Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales tuvieron la oportunidad de interactuar, compartir y tener una experiencia de inclusión en un “Mundialito de Futbol” organizado por Olimpiadas Especiales México en la Ciudad de México.View Story Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales tuvieron la oportunidad de interactuar, compartir y tener una experiencia de inclusión en un “Mundialito de Futbol” organizado por Olimpiadas Especiales México en la Ciudad de México. En el evento habían equipos de la rama femenina y masculina y los jugadores fueron divididos enequipos según su nivel de habilidad. Cada equipo escogió un nombre de un país para representar a su equipo en el torneo. Estos eventos no solo apoyan la inclusión sino que le dan la oportunidad a los atletas de conocer a muchos otros atletas que juegan en otros clubes y vivir de primera mano que se siente formar parte de un equipo.

About Paola Martinelli:Directora Nacional de Comunicación y Mercadotecnia; Directora Nacional del Programa Atletas Líderes Asesora Regional del Comite de Deporte Unificado
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Football Events


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Location

may 15 - 16 2015

Utah State Summer Games

Join us as more than 1,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners will compete during this two-day event and will receive support from nearly 500 coaches and more than 1,000 day-of volunteers! Competition will be held in the following sports: athletics (track & field), soccer, Unified Sports® soccer, softball, motor activities training program
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Salt Lake City, Utah
UNITED STATES

may 15 - 16 2015

Florida State Summer Games

Special Olympics Florida’s Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremonies featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It concludes on Saturday night with closing ceremonies and the much anticipated victory dance.
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Akin Joseph
Email:akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone:352-243-9536
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ESPN Wide World of Sports
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

may 28 - 30 2015

South Dakota State Summer Games

This will be our 47th annual State Summer Games Competition. Approximately 600 athletes are expected to compete in athletics, aquatics, team soccer, individual soccer skills, powerlifting and volleyball. See you there!
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Johna Thum
Email:jthum@sosd.org
Phone:605-331-4117
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South Dakota State University Campus
Brookings, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

may 29 - 31 2015

Missouri State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 for the 2015 Missouri State Summer Games in Springfield Missouri as our athletes showcase their skills over 3 days of sports competition. Athletes will compete in aquatics, soccer, track and field, powerlifting, and volleyball. For more details about the event please refer to link and contact info below.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Springfield, Missouri
UNITED STATES

may 29 - 31 2015

Rhode Island State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island as over 1,500 athletes from across the state of Rhode Island compete in athletics, aquatics, cycling, bowling, motor activities training program, soccer, and powerlifting! For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email:chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:(401) 349-4900
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University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road

Kingston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

may 6 - jul 6 2015

Colorado State Summer Games

This years Summer Games will be held in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University. This event is the biggest Special Olympics Colorado competition of the year! The event brings together athletes from across the state to compete in five sports: athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting and soccer.
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Special Olympics Colorado
Email:beafan@SpecialOlympicsCO.org
Phone:720-359-3100
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Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, Colorado
UNITED STATES

dic 6 - jun 14 2015

Illinois State 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 - feb 8 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

agosto 18, 2015

Coaches Training - Soccer

Join us on August 18th for a soccer coaches training. The venue is to be to be determined. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

agosto 24, 2015

Coaches Training - Soccer

Join us on August 24th for a soccer coaches training online webinar. Attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Webinar
Mount Pleasant, MIchigan
UNITED STATES

septiembre 13, 2015

Northern Region Soccer Tournament

Join us on September 13 at the Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields in Roscommon, Michigan as our athletes compete in the all-day Soccer Tournament. Hope to see you there!
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Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields
Roscommon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

septiembre 27, 2015

Kansas State Soccer & Bocce Tournament

Join us on September 27th at Lone Elm Park in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete in 5-a-side soccer, bocce singles, bocce doubles and bocce team. Cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. We hope to see you there! For more details please refer to the link and contact information below.
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Tim Rehder
Email:rehdert@ksso.org
Phone:913-236-9290
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Lone Elm Park
21151 W 167th St

Olathe, Kansas
UNITED STATES

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Football/Soccer Competitions

2014 European Summer Games


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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