TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based recreational program specifically designed to help athletes with physical, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities participate in soccer. The program, designed and administered by US Youth Soccer, provides meaningful learning, development and physical participation opportunities to young athletes through the game of soccer.
The emphasis of the program is on development, training and meaningful participation rather than on competition enabling individuals to improve their fitness and enhance their self-esteem.
ALL children should have the opportunity to play soccer, regardless of their race, religion, sex, economic status or ability.
TOPSoccer is entirely dependent upon the dedication provided by volunteers. Volunteering brings more awareness and understanding to the special needs community. Community service hours can be counted towards assisting the program whether that is as a "Buddy" or assisting with the organization and promotion of the program. It all makes a difference!
Anyone can be a TOPSoccer coach. You don't have to have soccer experience. We will help bring you up to speed on modified rules of play and provide the necessary training needed to help make a difference in the lives of these athletes.
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coaching Certification courses are available and free to attend, but are not required.
Anyone can be a TOPSoccer Buddy: family members, students, teachers or friends. Whether you have played soccer all your life or getting involved for the first time, TOPSoccer provides an opportunity to give back to the community and increase the opportunities available to an under-served part of our population.
TOPSoccer Buddies are volunteers who assist and partner with 1 to 2 TOPSoccer players per each training session. Buddies must be compassionate, kind, energetic and exhibit a willingness to help!
Soccer experience is not necessary to be a Buddy.
Volunteering as a Buddy is a perfect opportunity for high school and/or college students interested in Special Education or those in need of fulfilling service project assignments. We highly recommend and encourage GRVFC U15+ players to volunteer as a TOPSoccer Buddy.
WHO: Boys and girls ages 5 - 18 with special needs. Beginners welcome!
WHEN: Winter Session, 7-weeks in December and January, Fridays @4pm
WHERE: Willow Elementary Gym
REGISTER: Coming soon ...
T-shirts will be provided. Wear sneakers or indoor soccer shoes (no cleats) and bring water.
Parents must remain onsite with player for duration of training session.