Football players compete in our Middle East-North Africa region, where football is an always popular pastime.
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.
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.