Soccer

World’s Most Popular Sport

Soccer is possibly the world’s most popular team sport. It’s also Special Olympics’ most popular sport.
Also known as football around the world, this sport is played between two teams in which the ball may be advanced by kicking or by bouncing it off any part of the body but the arms and hands, except in the case of the goalkeepers, who may use their hands to catch, carry, throw, or stop the ball.

Resources

Provincial Sport Organization:  Alberta Soccer Association
Training and Coach Resources: Special Olympics International

Athletics Events

  • Team

Number of Competitors and Coaches

Athletes: 108

Coaches and Mission Staff: 27

Teams: 9

Communities Competing

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie
  • Red Deer
  • Strathcona

Special Olympics Divisioning: Competitions with a Difference

In each division, the goal is to compose matches of athletes whose abilities and skills are close to one another.

Special Olympics sports competitions are based on the idea that athletes of all abilities should be given an equal chance of succeeding, whether it is a personal best or a gold medal.

Special Olympics calls this competition-level matching “divisioning.” It’s a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age and most importantly, of about the same competitive ability.

Evening out by skill level and matching for age and gender makes Special Olympics events more exciting and meaningful for the athletes and the fans watching.

Divisioning is a two-stage process. Before each competition, a time, score or skill assessment is submitted for each athlete or team. For events that are not timed or measured, such as football and badminton, there is a series of short games between athletes or teams or an assessment of each athlete or team’s ability by a committee.. The divisions are then set up based on the information on each athlete’s skill level so that each set of competitors is closely matched.

Venue: Family Leisure Center

Venue For: Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

 

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566

 

Medicine Hat Family Leisure Center

Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566