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TOPSoccer Program

TOPSoccer/Challenge Soccer is a special program for players ages 5 through adult with physical or developmental disabilities. The purpose is to give every player a chance to experience the joy of soccer. Players practice once a week starting in mid August.  Games are held on Saturdays beginning in September and ending in November.

1. TOPSoccer - The Outreach Program for Soccer that enables children under 19 with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to play soccer.

2. WHAT IS TOPSoccer ALL ABOUT?

  • Our goal – provide an opportunity for ALL CHILDREN to play soccer
     
  • Some children will not join Conventional Teams because
    – Physically unable
    – Learning challenges
    – Administrative challenges- unable to place them on conventional teams
     
  • We can provide the opportunity for them to play soccer

 

3. HOW IS TOPSoccer SIMILAR TO CONVENTIONAL TEAMS?

  • Players are coached
    – Taught skills / drills / game
    – Taught to play as a team 
     
  • Have fun thru the game and joy of being on a team 
     
  •  Players are registered 
     
  •  Community based program, or local club or association 
     
  •  Rewarding to everyone who participates

4. HOW IS TOPSoccer UNIQUE? 

  • Placed on teams by ability (not age) 
     
  • Games may be freely modified, MAKE IT WORK 
     
  • FIFA “Laws” are only guidelines - THROW INS, MORE THAN ONE CHANCE TO THROW IN 
     
  •  Non-players may be on the field - COACH, BUDDY 
     
  •  Rules may be adjusted 
     
  •  Administrative procedures may be revised

5. WHY IS TOPSoccer IMPORTANT? 

  • Develop social skills
     
  • Develop better motor coordination 
     
  • Improve communication skills 
     
  • Provide opportunity for exercise

6. WHO CAN PLAY? 

  • Any athlete is allowed to participate unless participation would be considered unsafe for the athlete!