What is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer is a community-based play, training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs (abilities). It is run by local volunteers and designed to meet the needs of children with physical and/or other special needs. The program targets those kids ages 4 and up who would like to play soccer, but are challenged by the traditional soccer environment, including those kids with physical supports and wheelchairs.
The program is geared towards player development rather than to competition.
What to expect?
TOPSoccer Players learn and practice soccer skills such as dribbling, passing, agility, and shooting as they rotate through skill stations run by registered coaches. Each Player is paired up with a Buddy (typically a developing peer) who can help cheer, model, and encourage participation at each skill station. Players and Buddies are then divided into teams to practice their new skills in small-sided scrimmages.
TOPSoccer Players are assigned to a team and coach, for the duration of the season, with whom they will create a team name, practice soccer skills, and play some small-sided scrimmages. Players and Buddy Teams build friendships and a sense of teamwork while learning to play soccer in a fully supportive, non-competitive environment.