European Football Week 2024: Celebrating the Beautiful Game for all!

13 May 2024

European Football Week 2024: Celebrating the Beautiful Game for all!

The Special Olympics European Football Week #EFW2024 is about to start! We will see exciting football activities taking place across the continent from 25 May to 2 June 2024.

Special Olympics European Football Week (EFW) is returning for its 24th edition, promising a vibrant celebration of football as truly the universal game for players of ALL abilities. This highly anticipated annual initiative by Special Olympics Europe Eurasia (SOEE) will engage over 35,000 athletes in 350 events across 45 countries.

Every May, EFW energises the European football community at all levels and this year will be no different. Over 100 football clubs and 45 national football federations have signed up to the 2024 edition and the campaign is once again receiving powerful support from UEFA Respect.

“Special Olympics European Football Week represents the very best of our movement: positioning inclusive grass roots sport to drive social inclusion and unity for almost a quarter of a century. This message has been front and center, and has generated increased impact, engagement and visibility across Europe Eurasia as it reaches more athletes, more coaches, more fans and more moments of excellence from the athletes of Special Olympics. From tournaments to workshops to coaches trainings and beyond, #EFW2024 is a celebration of the transformative power of sport, and the urgency of inclusion, on and off the football pitch.”

David Evangelista, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia President

Powerful partnership with UEFA has played a pivotal role in the evolution of European Football Week over the past 24 years. Each year, hundreds of clubs from European Leagues extend their support to individuals with intellectual disabilities. This year, 45 UEFA member associations will support Special Olympics football and promote football as a game for all.

Us as EFDN, in this initiative, will keep informed the football community about Special Olympics work via our #MoreThanFootball Campaign. During this week, also the Special Champions League tournament, organised by EFDN, will take place in Breda, on the 29th of May.

“The support of local, national or international partners has been key to the growth of European Football Week in last two decades, and we look forward to building on this success in the years ahead.”

David Evangelista, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia President

For more information on European Football Week, please visit the Special Olympics website.


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