Soccer (Football) was introduced to Special Olympics in 1979. Soccer events combine both team and individual skills competitions. Soccer is a fall sport and the training season is usually from August to November.

Details for AREA P SOCCER Program

***AREA P hosts soccer team & skills programs in Lackawanna county.  Please see details below***

LACKAWANNA COUNTY

SOPA Season: Fall

LocationSt Michael’s Hall

Head Coach: Alan Novatski (team), Carmen Morgan (skills) – carmor77@comcast.net

What to Expect

Training Specifics: Practices usually start the 2nd week of August and run weekly through Mid-October. The goal is to have a minimum of 8 weeks of training to qualify for sectional competition and the fall games at Villanova.

Competition Dates:

Equipment: Athletes are responsible for shin guards. Cleats must be worn. It is encouraged for athletes to bring their own soccer balls, but not required. We will provide all other required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a uniform.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to the program manager for filing.

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).