Integrated football: An educative proposal from sport to inclusion

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Angela Magnanini
Pasquale Moliterni
Lorenzo Cioni
Antonio Ferraro


This paper aims to present the integrated football, a new frontier of sport for all in which people with and without disabilities play together. In the initial part of the paper, we clarify both the epistemological fundamentals of special education on which integrated football is based and the technical aspects of the game. In the second part, we show how in Italy the integrated football became a widely spread phenomenon so much that this country hosted the first regional tournament. In this regard, we discuss data collected about teams, coaches and players to demonstrate how integrated football meets the ‘design for all’ principles and offers a sport inclusion opportunity, regardless of age, sex and ability.

Keywords: Inclusion, sport, special education, design for all.


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Magnanini, A., Moliterni, P., Cioni, L., & Ferraro, A. (2018). Integrated football: An educative proposal from sport to inclusion. New Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences, 5(1), 182–189. (Original work published May 9, 2018)