Soccer is one of the world’s most popular team sports.  It’s also Special Olympics’ most popular sport because
it can be played by boys, girls, men and women of just about any physical build and ability.  

Special Olympics soccer is a Fall sport where athletes train and compete from August through October.  

Competition this year, both in-person and virtual, will consist of three Special Olympics sanctioned skills.  You can compete in-person at one of the three Sectional Competitions, at-home through virtual competition, or choose both!  Virtual Fall Competition will be open from September 24th through October 25th.  

Virtual Soccer Skills Registration

Available In-Person Events

North Soccer Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have a valid medical and coach requirements completed!

Date: October 10, 2020*
Location: Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Rd,
Clark, NJ 07066
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
tentative*
Events:

  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Run and Kick

*read skills descriptions in the "Available Virtual Skills" tabs below*

Register for North Soccer

South Soccer Sectional
REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have a valid medical and coach requirements completed!
Date: October 17, 2020*
Location: RiverWinds Community Center, West Deptford, NJ
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
tentative*
Events:
  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Run and Kick

*read skills descriptions in the "Available Virtual Skills" tabs below*

Central Soccer Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have a valid medical and coach requirements completed!

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Rd,
West Windsor Township, NJ 08550
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Events:

  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Run and Kick

*read skills descriptions in the "Available Virtual Skills" tabs below*

Register for Central Soccer


Available Virtual Skills

Dribbling

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

How fast can you dribble from one end to the other?

Equipment needed: Size 4 or 5 ball, string/rope or tape, 4 large cones to mark the finish zone

Description: The competitor dribbles from the starting line to the finish zone, staying inside the marked lane.  The finish zone should be marked off with cones, as well as string or rope, if available.  The clock will start and the competitor will run with the ball to the finish zone. When both the competitor and the ball are stopped inside the finish zone, the clock will stop.  If he/she overshoots the finish zone, they  must dribble it back in to finish.

What to record and submit: Take the time (in seconds) it took to complete the skill.  A deduction of 5 points is made for each time the ball runs over the sidelines of the lane or if anyone touches the ball with his/her hands. Use the score chart under the "Scoring the Skills" tab to convert your time to points.

The virtual score submission form can be completed between October 16th and October 25th.

Dribbling skill diagram.  Find a larger version in the Individual Soccer Skills Competition Guide.

Shooting

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

How many goals can you score out of 5 attempts?

Equipment needed: Size 4 or 5 ball, string/rope or tape, 4 meter (13 feet) by 2 meter (7 feet) five-a-side goal is needed.  Use 2 cones to create a "goal" if an official soccer goal is not available.

Description:  Competitor begins at the starting line and walks or runs forward to shoot the ball into the goal from 6 meters (20 feet) away. Once the competitor moves forward, the clock will start.  The competitor is only allowed to kick the ball once.  They will then return back to the line. The ball placer places the next ball to be shot.  Repeat the same activity. A total of 5 shots are attempted.  When the competitor kicks the last ball, the clock is stopped at a maximum of 2 minutes.

What to record and submit: Each successful goal scored is 10 points. No score chart necessary for this skill.

The virtual score submission form can be completed between October 16th and October 25th.

Shooting skill diagram.  Find a larger version in the Individual Soccer Skills Competition Guide

Run and Kick

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

How fast can you kick four balls through the gates?

Equipment needed: Four size 4 or 5 balls

Description:  Competitor begins at the starting marker.  They will then run to any ball and kick it through a target gate.  Once they begin running, the clock will start.  The competitor is only allowed to kick the ball once.  The competitor then runs and kicks another ball through a target gate.  When the last ball has been kicked, the clock is stopped. 

What to record and submit:  Take the time (in seconds) it took the competitor to complete the skill.   A bonus of 5 points is added for each ball kicked successfully through a target gate.  Use the score chart under the "Scoring the Skills" tab to convert your time to points.

The virtual score submission form can be completed between October 16th and October 25th.

Run and Kick skill diagram.  Find a larger version in the Individual Soccer Skills Competition Guide

Scoring the Skills

Use the chart below to convert your times to scores:

Keep track of your scores with this fillable and printable Fall Activities Tracker!


2020 League Events

There will be no league games held during the 2020 fall season.  All skills events will be held at the three sectional-level in-person skills competitions,  or at-home through virtual competition.

2020 State Events

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Fall Games state event for 2020.  Skills events will be held in-person for the Individual Skills Competition, or at-home through Virtual Competition.

 

Additional Info

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat
Criteria for Advancement

The three sectional events will be the culminating competition for soccer.  Fall Games competition will not be held in 2020.  This competition is NOT a qualifying event for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

General Guidelines

Athletic shirts and shoes are recommended.  No jeans, dress shoes or casual shirts will be allowed.


Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.