Soccer has emerged as one of the fastest growing sports in the Special Olympics North Carolina program, since its first demonstration at the 1984 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer 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 designed to serve as a stepping stone to team competition. The indvidual skills offered for soccer are dribbling, shooting, and run-kick.

Athletes participating in traditional team play on a modified soccer field with a size 5 soccer ball.

Gaston County Soccer Invitational – September 23, 2017

SONC Gaston County will be hosting a Soccer Invitational at Gaston Day School, 2001 Gaston Day School Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056 on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  This event is currently only open to counties near Gaston.  The event will open to other counties if there is enough space.

The general schedule for the day:

8:15-8:45:Teams arrive/check in
8:45-9:00 Coaches meeting
9:00-3:00 Competition with lunch included

Lunch and water will be provided. First aid will be on site.

Registration is due by September 12th for participation.


SONC Fall Tournament will be held in Charlotte, November 3-5, 2017.

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 athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.

Howard Barber – SDT Director
Liberty, NC

John Gillan
Marion, NC

Soccer Invitationals

The following invitationals are hosted by the local program indicated. Information will be posted as soon as it is received. Please note that these events may have a per person registration fee for the local program to cover expenses for the event.

Caldwell County Soccer Invitational: Hudson, NC – October 21, 2017
Caldwell County is hosting a soccer invitational on October 21st from 9am – 4pm at the Redwood Park in Hudson, NC. There is no cost for this event, and lunch will be provided to athletes and coaches. For more information, contact Eugene Bumgarner.

Triangle United Soccer Association /Special Olympics NC Soccer Clinic- November 12,2017
Triangle United Soccer (TUSA) is hosting a soccer clinic for Special Olympics athletes at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill. TUSA coaches and players will teach soccer skills to athletes. Following instruction, athletes will be split into teams with TUSA soccer players and compete in shortened games.

Registration deadline is Friday, November 3rd. Register online here. For more information contact Nathan Brookins. 


All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Fall Tournament Sport Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Fall Tournament registration.  Click here for a full list of Fall Tournament registration forms.

  • Soccer Individual Skills Competition Form
  • Soccer Team Registration and Rating Form

Assessment Forms

For coaches’ use only – do NOT submit with event registration.

Certified Clinician

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.