August 3-10, 2013
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Hosted by the Dwarf Athletic Association of America

The largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism

days until the Games. Are you ready?


Soccer is the most popular IDAF team sport. Games for the Junior A (7-11), Junior B (12-15), and Open (any age) Divisions consist of 8-on-8 play with 7 field players and 1 goalkeeper on the field at any one time.


Separate events will be offered for men and women in the Open Division, while mixed-gender competition will be offered in the Junior B, Junior A, and Futures Divisions. Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rules apply with these exceptions:

  • The field is 45-60 yds long x 35-45 yds wide
  • The goal is 6 ft high x 18 ft wide
  • The soccer ball is international size 4 for Junior and Open Division play and size 3 for Futures play
  • Play is two 25-minute halves
  • Headers and slide tackles are not allowed


Children in the Futures Division (6 & under) play a 3-on-3 game in which there are no goalkeepers. The field size is 20-23 yds long by 15-25 yds wide, the goal dimensions are 4 ft high by 6 ft wide, and a size 3 soccer ball is used. Boys and girls play on the same teams. Coaches in this division are on the field with the athletes offering guidance and encouragement. 


Early round play consists of either round robin or double‐elimination games. The top teams then advance to single‐elimination bracket/knockout games.

soccer players

The Sport Technical Officer for soccer is Scott Dane.

    Scott Dane


Sponsors and partners for the soccer competition include Capital Area Soccer League.