Unified Soccer

Inclusion of Special Olympics 

Leveraging the power of soccer, the RSL Foundation together with MLS, ESPN and Special Olympics Utah have partnered to create the RSL Unified Soccer Team. Unified Soccer joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by the simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

The RSL Unified Team participates in the MLS Unified Exchange program. This program provides opportunities for the RSL Unified team to participate in a 1st Team MLS experience. Unified soccer teams, comprised of players with and without intellectual disabilities, travel from their home city to other MLS markets to compete in exhibition matches with their Special Olympic counterparts. Unified matches are scheduled in conjunction with MLS club matches, providing MLS fans with an opportunity to witness first-hand the talents and abilities of Special Olympics athletes and unified partners.

For more information about the MLS program click here.