Football

Football

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.

World's Most Popular Sport

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.
Football

About This Page

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 Events

  • sep. 29 - oct. 01
    Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games
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    vi. sep. 29 - do. oct. 01, 2017
     
    location
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    USA

    Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games

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    vi. sep. 29 - do. oct. 01, 2017
     

    The State Fall Games presented by Real Estate One offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,600 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football, Soccer, Cycling, Softball, Golf and Kayaking


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Sheraton Ann Arbor
    3200 Boardwalk St.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    USA
    Sheraton Ann Arbor is the host hotel for the State Fall Games and is home to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Healthy Athletes screenings, Young Athletes, souvenirs, special events and delegation housing.
  • oct.
    25
    Unified 5-a-Side Football Competition
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    mi. oct. 25, 2017
    11:00:00 - 14:00:00
    location
    Banteay Meanchey
    Cambodia

    Unified 5-a-Side Football Competition

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    mi. oct. 25, 2017
    11:00:00 - 14:00:00

    Join us 25 October at Provincial Stadium in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia as Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners from around the country compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Provincial Stadium
    Banteay Meanchey
    Cambodia
  • oct.
    28
    Unified Soccer Tournament
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    sá. oct. 28, 2017
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Wilsonville
    Oregon
    USA

    Unified Soccer Tournament

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    sá. oct. 28, 2017
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    This event will bring together all official middle and high school Unified Soccer teams in Oregon to compete in a regional tournament. If you are interested in volunteering to keep score, please let us know and we can provide more information!

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Wilsonville High School
    6800 SW Wilsonville Rd
    Wilsonville, Oregon
    USA
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  • nov. 02 - nov. 03
    City Football Group Beijing Unified Schools Football Competition
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    ju. nov. 2 - vi. nov. 03, 2017
     
    location
    Beijing
    China

    City Football Group Beijing Unified Schools Football Competition

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    ju. nov. 2 - vi. nov. 03, 2017
     

    Join us on 2-3 November at Sports Center for the Disabled People as Special Olympics athletes in Beijing, China as Special Olympics athletes compete in Unified Football competition. You can follow us through Weibo and Wechat @国际特奥会 to get more information.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Sports Center for the Disabled People
    Beijing
    China
  • nov. 03 - nov. 07
    10th Borneo Cup 5-a-Side Football Tournament
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    vi. nov. 3 - ma. nov. 07, 2017
     
    location
    Bandar Seri Begawan
    Brunei Darussalam

    10th Borneo Cup 5-a-Side Football Tournament

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    vi. nov. 3 - ma. nov. 07, 2017
     

    Join us 3-7 November at National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei as Special Olympics athletes from around the country compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Jalan Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah
    BB4313
    Bandar Seri Begawan
    Brunei Darussalam
  • nov. 06 - nov. 10
    6th South East Asia Unified Football Tournament
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    lu. nov. 6 - vi. nov. 10, 2017
     
    location
    Tambon Khlong Nung, Amphoe Khlong Luang, Chang Wat Pathum Thani 12120
    Thailand

    6th South East Asia Unified Football Tournament

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    lu. nov. 6 - vi. nov. 10, 2017
     

    Join us 6-10 November at Thammasat University Rangsit Center in Bangkok, Thailand as Special Olympics athletes from around the South East Asia compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Thammasat University Rangsit Center
    99 Soi Klong Luang 17
    Tambon Khlong Nung, Amphoe Khlong Luang, Chang Wat Pathum Thani 12120
    Thailand
  • nov. 10 - nov. 12
    South Carolina State Fall Games
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    vi. nov. 10 - do. nov. 12, 2017
     
    location
    Greenville
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Fall Games

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    vi. nov. 10 - do. nov. 12, 2017
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina welcomes and estimated 1700+ athletes, partners and coaches for the annual State Fall Games with competitions offered in bocce (under 21 years old), bowling (over 21 years old), disc golf, flag football, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Unified Sports and traditional Special Olympics competition events are offered in each of these sports.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Various venues
    Greenville
    Greenville, South Carolina
    USA
  • nov. 17 - nov. 20
    7th Mekong 5-a-side Football Tournament
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    vi. nov. 17 - lu. nov. 20, 2017
     
    location
    Yangon
    Myanmar

    7th Mekong 5-a-side Football Tournament

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    vi. nov. 17 - lu. nov. 20, 2017
     

    Join us 17-20 November at Keesler Aung San Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar as our athletes from around the country compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Aung San Stadium
    Mingala Taungnyunt 11221
    Yangon
    Myanmar
  • nov. 24 - nov. 27
    Special Olympics Malaysia Unified Female 5-a-side Football Invitational
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    vi. nov. 24 - lu. nov. 27, 2017
     
    location
    Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia

    Special Olympics Malaysia Unified Female 5-a-side Football Invitational

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    vi. nov. 24 - lu. nov. 27, 2017
     

    Join us November 24-27 at University of Malaya, PJ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as Special Olympics female athletes and their Unified Partners from around the country compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    University of Malaysia, PJ
    50603 Kuala Lumpur
    Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
  • abr. 16 - abr. 20
    Special Olympics Australia National Games
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    lu. abr. 16 - vi. abr. 20, 2018
     
    location
    Adelaide
    South Australia
    Australia

    Special Olympics Australia National Games

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    lu. abr. 16 - vi. abr. 20, 2018
     

    The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Australia calendar, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports in Adelaide at the 11th National Summer Games. Competition will inlcude: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Adelaide Shores
    Military Rd, West Beach
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Australia
    Events will be held in world class sporting facilities throughout Adelaide.
  • jun. 14 - jun. 17
    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games
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    ju. jun. 14 - do. jun. 17, 2018
     
    location
    Dublin
    Ireland

    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games

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    ju. jun. 14 - do. jun. 17, 2018
     

    Circa 1,600 athletes from all corners of Ireland will participate in the 4-day residential Games in 13 sports competitions and a Motor Activities Training Programme. Competitions will include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis, and Pitch & Putt.

    Venue(s)
    location

    Dublin
    Ireland
  • mar. 14 - mar. 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    ju. mar. 14 - ju. mar. 21, 2019
     
    location
    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    ju. mar. 14 - ju. mar. 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.