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.  Read below for further information on the upcoming 2021 season.

Refer to our Return to Activity section to learn about COVID-19 protocols and rules involved for in-person competition.

2021 Fall Games Soccer Schedule

2021 Fall Games Soccer Divisions

 

2021 League and Sectional Competitions 

North Soccer League and Sectional Competition

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

League Dates: Saturdays, September 11 - October 10, 2021
Sectional Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17, 2021
Location: Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Rd,
Clark, NJ 07066
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Events:

  • Team Competition
  • Individual Skills

 

South Soccer League and Sectional Competition
REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, as well as the required Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!
League Dates: Saturdays, September 11th to October 10, 2021
Sectional Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17, 2021
Location: RiverWinds Community Center, West Deptford, NJ
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Events:

  • Team Competition
  • Individual Skills
Central Soccer League and Sectional Competition

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

League Dates: Saturdays, September 11 - October 10, 2021
Sectional Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17, 2021
Location: Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex
1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Other Location TBD 
Time:
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Events:

  • Team Competition
  • Individual Skills

 

2021 Fall Games

We are excited to announce the return of Fall Games in 2021! Competition will be held on Saturday, October 23  from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ. Unified Cup will be held on Sunday, October 24 at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ.  

 

Additional Soccer Information

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

Teams are required to compete in league play to advance to Fall Games. Individual athletes may
only miss two league games MAXIMUM in order to be eligible to advance to Fall Games. The top
three finishers at sectional competitions will advance to the Fall Games.

General Guidelines

• Teams must be properly uniformed with numbered shirts and shorts WITHOUT pockets.
• Lunch will not be served at league dates. Lunch will be served on a 4:1 athlete to coach ratio at
the sectional competition and Fall Games.


Sports Registration Checklist

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