Region H Soccer Teams and Skills Competition
What Is Soccer?
Soccer (football) is the world’s most popular sport. Athletes have the opportunity to compete on teams of seven including a goalie, as well as in individual skills competition which develops basic soccer skills.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in soccer compete locally in region qualifying events. They are then eligible to advance to state championships at Summer Games held in Normal in June.
Soccer Events Offered in Illinois
- Seven-on-seven team competition.
- Individual skills events (dribbling, shooting, run and kick).
This event is a regional qualifier for soccer teams and skills athletes from Region F,G, H, I, J and K. The teams and skills athletes who receive a gold medal will advance to Summer Games in June.
Teams will play on three fields and skills competition will take place on the open grass field near the tennis courts.
We have use of the entire facility, three outdoor courts, restrooms, locker rooms, green space for skills, bleachers for seating, concessions, and parking.
Final divisions will be created after entries are received. Brackets and divisions will be sent out to coaches. Teams and skills athletes will receive medals and ribbons based on how they finish.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Water bottles are encouraged but water stations will be available, seating is available for team area only.
Awards will take place next to the concession stands.
Concessions opens at 9:00 AM.
Lunch available for all registered coaches and athletes starting at 11:00 AM.
To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.
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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 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 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.
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