Soccer (Football) was introduced to Special Olympics in 1979. Soccer events combine both team and individual skills competitions. Soccer is a fall sport and the training season is usually from August to November.

Details for Delaware County Program

SOPA Season: Fall (Jul – Nov)

Head Coach: Steve Brooks

What to Expect: 7v7 competition

Training Specifics: Wednesday’s from 630-8pm at Elwyn soccer fields (Media) starting on July 15th, 2020. We may train indoors at Elwyn’s Zier gym on a few occasions as well.

Competition Dates: (1) Eastern Fall Sectional @ Desales University on Sunday, October 4th, 2020. (2) Fall Festival @ Villanova University on November 6-8th, 2020.

Equipment: It is encouraged for athletes to bring their own soccer balls, but not required. We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a uniform. Athletes are responsible for shin guards. Cleats must be worn.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to the program manager for filing.

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).