Region A / C Flag Football
All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.
Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.
Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks. Athletes and coaches must bring their own.
Athletes and Unified Partners do not have to wear a mask while competing in outdoor competitions.
Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.
SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.
Spectators will not be allowed inside the field fences but are encouraged to bring chairs and sit outside the fence to view the games
Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.
Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:
What is Flag Football?
One of the newest and most exciting sports Special Olympics Illinois offers is Flag Football. In Illinois, Flag Football provides competition for teams of five in Junior and Senior (Coed) age groups.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in team competition, compete locally at a Regional Qualifying event. Teams who win a gold medal are eligible to advance to the State Flag Football Championships hosted in November.
Flag Football Events Offered in Illinois
- 5-on-5 Team Competition – Junior and Senior Age Groups
Game times will be updated in late August.
To get to the stadium, you will want to enter the complex off of North Mill Street. The tournament will take place on the turf football field located next to the playground.
Upon entering the event, there will be a temperature check point that everyone must go through. If anyone has a fever of 100.4 or higher, they will be given five minutes and then retested. If a fever is still present then that person will not be allowed to enter and compete. If that person has traveled with anyone else that whole group will not be allowed to enter as well.
Please check back closer to the date of the event for information on volunteering for Flag Football.
All equipment will be provided.
Awards will take place after a division is complete. Teams receiving 1st place in their division will advance to the State Tournament in November.
Lunch will be provided by Special Olympics. If an athlete has any dietary restrictions, they should bring their own lunch.
Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.