Soccer Recertification is available to those coaches who have been previously certified in the Sport of Soccer. If you have not been to a coach’s certification class in athletics you do not qualify to re-certify. To Re-certify, a coach must make sure that the Volunteer application and protective behaviors training is up to date. Please check the Certified Coaches List found on the Coach’s Corner page. Re-certification is not valid without an up to date volunteer application, protective behaviors class and concussion awareness.

Re-certification should only be done when you are close to expiration of your original certification. Please do not take the course until you have less than 3 months to go on your certification. Please check the Certified Coaches List found on the Coach’s Corner page. Certification is good for 4 years.


Special Olympics Soccer is available to all persons age 8 and above, having been identified by an agency or professional as having an Intellectual disability, or a closely related disability which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills ( such as recreation, work, independent living, self-direction, or self-care), and having registered to participate in Special Olympics.

Application for Participation

The Application for Participation in Special Olympics is commonly referred to as the Medical Release. This form is good for a specific 3 year period. The dates of the forms effectiveness is printed on the top center of the form. It is only good for this time period. Example – September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013. Coaches should make copies of this form after completing all information. Please do not leave off any information. IF there is information that does not apply please write does not apply in that space. This form must be signed by a Physician, Physician’s assistant, Nurse Practioner or a Clinical Nurse Specialist. It must also be signed by either an adult athlete ( with witness signature) or a Parent/ Guardian. Athletes will not be able to train or compete without the release. Coaches should have a copy of the medical release with them any time they have an athlete with them. Coaches are also responsible for updating the forms whenever a change has taken place, such as, medicine changes.

Coaches Responsibilities

Coaches have a lot of responsibility. It is imperative that coaches find enough assistant coaches to help cover all of the duties of a coach. The following is a list of responsibilities of the coach. This list will not cover everything a coach has to do in order for the team to be successful.

  1. Coaches must have enough help to supervise athletes at all times.
  2. Coaches must have a proper practice facility that is both safe and meets the needs of the athletes.
  3. Coaches must have medical releases with them at all times. Coaches must be aware of all medical issues of their athletes.
  4. Coaches must know first aid and have a phone available to call for help if needed.
  5. Coaches must train their athletes for no less than 8 weeks prior to competition. The training must be appropriate.
  6. Coaches must select sports and events that are appropriate for their athletes age and abilities.
  7. Coaches must insure that all athletes are uniformed appropriately.
  8. Coaches must know how to complete entry forms and do so on a timely basis.
  9. Coaches will be a positive influence on their athletes.
  10. Coaches must keep a written training plan for all of their practices.


Special Olympics divisions athletes based upon their age, sex, and ability, with ability being the primary indicator. This aspect of Special Olympics is what separates Special Olympics from all other sports organizations. Every athlete will receive an award, however, it could be a participation award.

Soccer Divisioning is done through a bracket system. The type of bracket will be determined by the event director. The bracket will be a form of a round robin or double elimination type of tournament. Every team will be guaranteed at least two games. The sport of Soccer may not allow the event director to split Athletes by age and sex, which is acceptable. The numbers of teams will determine how divisioning will take place.


All Special Olympics paperwork is now available on-line. Coaches may complete the entry forms, medical release, down’s addendum, and Coaches card on-line, then print the forms and submit. The medical release and down’s addendum must be signed by an authorized person. All entry forms and medicals are due by the deadline that you will see on the schedule. Most can be mailed in but some must be hand carried. You must pay attention to the directions in the schedule. The deadline is the date that paperwork must arrive, not when it is to be mailed. Mail your forms in time for the paperwork to reach the event director by the deadline.

General Rules For Unified Soccer

Special Olympics Oklahoma offers Unified 5 vs 5 Soccer. Unified sports are sports, in which, half of the team is made up of Special Olympics athletes and the other half with non- disabled partners. In Unified 5 vs 5 Soccer each team must have 3 athletes and 2 partners on the field at all times. You cannot have more athletes or more partners on the field. Team rosters will be limited to 10 players; 6 Special Olympics athletes and 4 partners. If you have more athletes and partners you should form a 2nd team. Two levels of play are offered, Intermediate or High division of play. The coach must determine which level best suits the team. If the team understands the rules, can pass the ball effectively, and work together, that is probably a high level team.

The Duration of the game will be two 15 minute halves and a 5 minute halftime.

The fields will be a U6 to U9 youth size soccer fields. These are small fields, fields will be marked with a Midfield line, a center circle, a goal box, and will have corner flags.

Athletes must have shirts of the same color, shirts must be numbered on back. Shin guards are required for all players. Shoes must be a flat soft soled athletic shoe or cleats may be worn as long as they are rubber. No baseball shoes or steel cleats. Shorts or athletic pants, sweat pants, must be worn, no blue jeans. No jewelry may be worn. Hair should be kept off face with soft hair accessories, no metal or hard plastic.

The ball is placed on the center spot and kicked or passed forward one full rotation after the referee starts play with his whistle. The person kicking the ball cannot touch the ball again until it is touched by another player of either team. Opposing players must remain outside the center circle and on their own defensive side until the ball is played.

There is a goalie in Unified 5 vs 5 soccer. The goalie must differentiate jersey color. The Goalie can use their hands, (handle the ball) only while the ball is inside the goal box. Goalie may not handle a ball that is intentionally passed to them by a teammate. All infractions on the goalie will be penalized by an indirect free kick by the opposing team from the spot of the infraction. If the infraction occurs within the goal box, the indirect free kick will take place on the goal box line.

All fouls shall result in an indirect free kick with opponents at least 5 yds away.

All free kicks shall be indirect. Indirect means the ball cannot go directly into the goal. All indirect free kicks must be touched by another player, from either team, before a goal can be scored. Balls going out of bounds on sidelines are put back into play with an indirect free kick. Special Olympics will uphold the spirit of the rule on an indirect free kick. The free kick should be a pass. Special Olympics will not allow a player to take an indirect free kick trying to knock the ball off of a defender into the goal. The indirect free kick should be a pass.

Balls going out of bounds on the endline last touched by an offensive player will result in a goal kick. Goal kicks will be taken from anywhere on the endline.

Balls going out of bounds on the endline last touched by a defensive player will result in a corner kick. Corners kicks will be taken within one yard of the corner.

There are no offside penalties in Unified 5 vs 5 soccer.

Penalty kicks are made only on Flagrant fouls. A penalty kick will be taken 10 yards from the goal line. The Goalie will be allowed in the goal.

In tournament play, ties are considered final. In the case of a bracket game where a winner must be decided, two 5 minute halves will be played with a golden goal. A golden goal means if a team scores the game is over. If the teams are still tied after two 5 minutes halves, then penalty kicks will be taken.

Substitutions are unlimited and may be made anytime the ball is out of bounds, between halves, after a goal is scored or during an injury time out. Coach must signal the referee or linesman to substitute and the sub can only enter the field when signaled by the referee.


Athletes must practice a minimum of 8 weeks prior to competition. Practice should consist of warm-ups, stretching, competitive experience and a proper cool down.

Soccer Re-certification Test

Note: If you have not been to a coach’s certification class in soccer you do not qualify to re-certify. To Re-certify, a coach must make sure that the Volunteer application and protective behaviors training is up to date. You cannot re-certify without an up to date volunteer application and protective behaviors class. SOOK only allows a limited number of attempts to take the soccer re-certification test as we are charged for each test that is taken.