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

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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

  • Jul 16 - Jul 20
    Kim Kallstrom Trophy 2017
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    Sun Jul 16 - Thu Jul 20, 2017
     
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    Gothenburg
    Sweden

    Kim Kallstrom Trophy 2017

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    Sun Jul 16 - Thu Jul 20, 2017
     

    The Kim Källström Trophy offers young people with some form of intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in The World Youth Cup. The love of football is the common denominator for all of us. Kim Källström Trophy is a co-operation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Special Olympics Sweden and our main sponsor, the Swedish national player Kim Källström.


    Related Link(s):Learn more

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Gothia Cup
    Entreprenadvägen 6, 417 49
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
  • Jul
    22
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day Commemoration
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    Sat Jul 22, 2017
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Lilongwe
    Malawi

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day Commemoration

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    Sat Jul 22, 2017
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Venue for our EKS day commemoration is Bunda Primary School in Lilongwe Central Region part of Malawi, and the event will be held on Saturday, 22nd July, 2017 because the 20th will be a working day. Special Olympics Malawi will conduct a number of activities including Unified soccer, netball and a Family members training. Special Olympics Malawi is expecting 100 unified athletes and partners, 20 LEOs, 30 family members and 20 volunteers to participate in this event.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Bunda Primary School
    P.O.Box 219, Lilongwe
    Lilongwe
    Malawi
    Bunda L.E.A School, one of the local primary schools in Lilongwe
  • Aug
    01
    Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience, Presented by MLS Works and ESPN
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    Tue Aug 01, 2017
    05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
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    Bridgeview
    Illinois
    USA

    Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience, Presented by MLS Works and ESPN

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    Tue Aug 01, 2017
    05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Pre-selected athletes, teammates and coaches representing all 22 MLS Clubs will converge on Chicago, IL to participate in an East vs West MLS All-Star Unified soccer match.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Toyota Park
    7000 South Harlem Avenue
    Bridgeview, Illinois
    USA
    Home of the MLS Club Chicago Fire
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  • Aug 04 - Aug 06
    Nebraska Fall Games
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    Fri Aug 4 - Sun Aug 06, 2017
     
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    3 venues
    USA

    Nebraska Fall Games

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    Fri Aug 4 - Sun Aug 06, 2017
     

    Join us August 4 -6, in Lincoln Nebraska at various venues throughout the city as athletes from around the state compete in softball, tennis, bocce and golf.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Softball
    Mahoney Softball Complex
    70th and Fremont
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    USA
    location
    Soccer, Tennis, and Bocce
    Abbott Sports Complex
    7600 N 70th St
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    USA
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  • Aug
    09
    Unified Ladies Tournament
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    Wed Aug 09, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Mogwase
    North West
    South Africa

    Unified Ladies Tournament

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    Wed Aug 09, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Special Olympics South Africa Athletes from Holy Family Combined school will be hosting a Unified ladies football tournament

    Contact information

    • Piet Seroke
      Special Olympics South Africa Football Champion
      078 417 3927
    Venue(s)
    location
    Holy Family Sport Ground
    Mogwase Unit 4, 0314
    Mogwase, North West
    South Africa
  • Sep
    24
    State Soccer & Bocce Tournament
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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Olathe
    Kansas
    USA

    State Soccer & Bocce Tournament

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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    The State Soccer & Bocce Tournament will be held on September 24 at the Lone Elm Park, 21151 W 167th, Olathe KS. The competition will begin at 8:00a.m. and end around 4:00p.m. For more information, contact Tim Rehder at rehdert@ksso.org.


    Related Link(s):Learn more

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Lone Elm Park
     21151 W 167th
    Olathe, Kansas
    USA
  • Oct
    28
    Unified Soccer Tournament
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    Sat Oct 28, 2017
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Wilsonville
    Oregon
    USA

    Unified Soccer Tournament

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    Sat 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
  • Apr 16 - Apr 20
    Special Olympics Australia National Games
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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     
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    Adelaide
    South Australia
    Australia

    Special Olympics Australia National Games

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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 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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    Thu Jun 14 - Sun Jun 17, 2018
     
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    Dublin
    Ireland

    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games

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    Thu Jun 14 - Sun 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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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu 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.