|Soccer has emerged as one of the most advanced and fastest growing sports in the Special Olympics North Carolina program. Soccer has grown from a demonstration sport with two teams at the 1984 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games, to 32 teams at 2007 SONC Fall Games.
SONC offers two types of soccer competition: individual skills and 5-on-5 team.
Individual skills competition allows Special Olympics athletes to develop sports skills in a competitive format. This event is designed to serve as a stepping stone for athletes to become a member of a team as they master skills and learn team concepts. The indvidual skills offered for soccer are dribbling, shooting, and run-kick.
Athletes participating in traditional team competition learn the fundamental skills of soccer, appropriate social behavior and functional knowledge or rules enabling them to successfully participate in a game. 5-on5 team competition is played on a modified soccer field with a size 5 soccer ball.
Competition and Skill Development Opportunities
Triangle United Soccer Association offers an event in the fall for SONC athletes and coaches. This event is a fun way for SONC athletes to develop their soccer skills and interact with the coaches and athletes from Triangle United. For more information and to register, contact Michael King.
Divisional Qualifiers are designed to division teams for the state-level event. Attendance and participation in a qualifier is mandatory for athletes and teams in order to advance to state-level competition.
SONC Fall Tournament is held in High Point the first weekend in November.
All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.
Qualifier Registration Forms
Fall Tournament Sport Registration Forms
Below are the sport-specific registration forms which must be submitted by the local program coordinator along with the remainder of Fall Tournament registration. Click here for a full list of Fall Tournament registration forms.
For coaches’ use only – do NOT submit with registration.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the soccer sport development team, contact one of the members below or Michael King, SONC staff liaison.