Football is undoubtedly the biggest sport at the Maccabiah and one of the most competitive too. Although Maccabi SA has only won three medals (in 1977, 1981 and 1985), the teams have shown great potential against more experienced football nations.

The football programme for 2016-2017 promises to be the most extensive in recent times with a new Maccabi base at Balfour Park FC in Johannesburg. Maccabi SA is focused on sending the most competitive teams to the 2017 Games and the successful Junior trials held in January 2016 were the first step in this process. Once teams are finalised they will undergo professional coaching and training.