Football is helping one fan to talk to his friends.
Sam was having trouble using his electronic communication aid at school so staff at the Lancasterian School, a Special Educational Needs school in Manchester, have been helping build his confidence with the help of the beautiful game. Now Sam happily chats away with fellow football fan Ben.
Match of the Day pundit Kevin Kilbane went to meet Sam and Ben where he tells them who the best manager he's played for and what he thinks of Roy Keane.
This report was originally broadcast as part of BBC News School Report.