Autism Soccer

About Us

Our Mission

Changing Children live through Soccer

Our Goal

To teach children soccer skills in a supportive environment, develop a lifelong love of exercise and have fun. Through Autism Soccer (AS), children learn that with training, confidence and love anything is possible, we work on cultural development in the spiritual growth of the child to prevent bullying and obesity, which today are common problems in our society.

In Autism Soccer we have the mission to change the lives of autistic children through soccer.

To teach children soccer skills in a supportive environment, develop a life-long love of exercise, and to have FUN! Through Autism Soccer (AS), children learn that with training, confidence and love anything is possible.

Meet the Team

Each member of our team specializes in their field. Together we make sure your children enjoy one of the best sports in the world while having fun, promoting social skills, teamwork and boosting their confidence.


En el año 2012 decidí fundar Autism Soccer, proyecto de vida con el fin de ayudar a la comunidad, no solo ofreciendo entrenamientos de futbol a los niños, sino también diversas actividades con el propósito de generar oportunidades a los niños con autismo de conectar con nuestro mundo a través del juego.

Idea que nace cuando visitaba clubes de reclutamiento para equipos de fútbol al observar como miembros de la comunidad eran rechazados por tener autismo y percatándome de que estas academias no contaban con las herramientas necesarias para trabajar con ellos. Ante esta problemática decidí conformar un equipo para comenzar a trabajar en actividades tanto deportivas como recreativas como solución a la problemática que afectaba a un grupo pequeño de mi comunidad, diseñando un programa de entrenamiento basado en juegos deportivos de fútbol.

Con el tiempo aprendí a colocarme en los zapatos de cada padre, por ello entiendo la importancia de su labor. Luego de 10 años de esfuerzo, mi mayor satisfacción es ver el impacto real de mi fundación, ver los resultados alentadores, la fuerza y convicción que muestran los pequeños luego de iniciar el programa me confirman que me encuentro en el camino correcto.


AS nueva presidenta

Maria Lorena Nicieza

President Autism Soccer

Morris Pagniello

Honorary President

Rubén Alcoba

Vice President

Ludvick Ibañez

Operations Director


Jorge Banos P.A.



boar members

Marcelo Perea

Member of the Board of Directors & Institutional Relations Developer

boar members

Miryam Anaya


boar members

Ruben Corona

President founder Autism Soccer Canada

boar members

Oscar Hernandez

President- Founder Autism Soccer Colombia

boar members

Thais Bello

Strategy Manager

boar members

María Cristina Branger

Social Media Director

boar members

Elliot Kimbrough

Chief technical officer

boar members

Eddy Miranda

HR Director

boar members

Hector Perlera

Vice President Autism Soccer Canada

Glenda Correa

Glenda Correa


boar members

Aaron Velasquez

Graphic Designer

boar members

Sinuê Zardo

International Operation Director

boar members

Anthony Lopez

Assistant Director Financial


Oscar Hernandez

Colombia Founder President

Ruben Corona

CanadaFounder President

Morris Pagniello

Italy Founder President

Eng Shangwe Isaac Mgaya

Tanzania Founder President

Oscar Cornejo

Peru Founder President

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  1. TEAM/PLAYER REGISTRATION RULES: All players must be registered on their teams’ registration form before the tournament begins. Any team or player determined by the event director to have falsified a player’s registration will be dismissed from the tournament. All players must carry identification, i.e.: player pass, driver’s license or passport, etc.

  2. ROSTERS: All rosters are final upon completion of the team’s first game.

  3. PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTIONS: EIGHTEEN (18) for the MEN’S OPEN and TWELVE (12) for the WOMEN’S OPEN is the maximum number of players on a team. Teams playing more than 18 players for the men’s and 12 players for the women’s during the course of an event will be disqualified. Substitutes may occur at any dead ball situation, but players must be called onto the field by the referee and enter and exit at the half-field mark only.  Players must already be at the half-field mark when dead ball situation first occurs to be called on.

  4. GENDER: No males will be allowed to participate in any female divisions, except co-ed division. Co-ed division must have at least one female on the field at all times.

  5. EQUIPMENT: All players must wear shin guards. Any player without shin guards will not be allowed to play. Teams are responsible for providing game balls. All balls (size 5) must be approved by the game referee.

  6. GAME DURATION: The game shall consist of two 40-minute halves for the MEN’S OPEN and two 35-minute halves for the WOMEN’S OPEN separated by a five-minute halftime, OR the game ends when a team reaches an 8-goal lead. Pool games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie. Playoff games cannot end tied.

  7. PLAYOFF OVERTIME: If the score is still tied, the winner is decided by shootout with 5 players from the field of play.

  8. GOAL SCORING: A goal may be scored from any point of the playing field.

  9. SCORING (IN POOL PLAY): 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss. FORFEITS: A forfeit is scored as 3-0

  10. TIEBREAKERS: In pool play, ties between two or more teams will be broken by; 1) points; 2) overall goal difference in pool play; 3) overall goals scored; 4) Points in matches between tied teams; 5) Goal difference in matches between tied teams; 6) Goals scored in matches between tied teams.

  11. PLAYER/BENCH PERSONNEL EJECTION (YELLOW/RED CARD): Referees have the right to dismiss a player OR bench personnel from the game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident that warrants sending off. RED CARD suspension = Rest of game PLUS next game. Tournament Director may dismiss player or bench personnel for rest of tournament. A team official guilty of misconduct will be shown a YC (caution) or RC (sending off) *; if the offender cannot be identified, the senior coach who is in the technical area at the time will receive the YC/RC .

  12. SPORTSMANSHIP: Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act in the nature of good sportsmanship at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated. Any instance of such conduct will disqualify the responsible team from the event.

  13. FORFEITS: A forfeit shall be scored as 3-0.