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Each team consists of eleven players (not including substitutes) that can advance the ball by any means except their hands or arms. Goalkeepers are the exception, as they may stop the ball with any part of their body. There are no set positions, which allow players to roam anywhere on the field. However, informal positions have evolved that restrict some movement. The team that has scored the most goals at the end of a 90 minute match is declared the winner. If the teams are tied, a shootout is held to determine the winner.
Special Olympics Soccer is soccer played by competitors with physical or mental disabilities. Soccer is considered the world's most popular sport for children and adults around the world. Similarly, it is one of the most popular sports for Special Olympics athletes. Athletes are able to improve their overall physical fitness through training and competition.
Soccer was introduced into the Special Olympics in 1979. At the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, 1,066 athletes from 83 programs competed in soccer, and by 2005, 282,498 Special Olympics athletes from all seven regions competed in the sport.