What Is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team plaement program for young athletes with special needs.
The TOPSoccer program is designed and administered by US Youth Soccer and its volunteer TOPSoccer committee provides meaningful learning, development and physical participation opportunities to these young athletes through the game of soccer.
TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer designed to provide opportunities for special needs children ages 4-19. It provides a very affordable opportunity for fitness, fun and building self-esteem.
- Modifications are made to the game to allow full participation and enjoyment to each child.
- One-on-one assistance is available to those who need it.
- It offers a recreational, leisure approach to the game of soccer.
- TOPSoccer is coordinated through your local soccer community organization.
A TOPSoccer player is defined as any youth player between the ages of 4 and 19 who has a disability that limits their ability to perform at the level of play in which they have chosen to partiicpate.
TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US Youth Soccer Mission statement, which is, to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.
Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of paying soccer.
Listed below are some amazing facts on the prevalence of disabilities within our society. These facts are the latest from the 2010 Census conducted by the US Census Bureau.
- There are 56.7 million people with disabilities.
- Approximately 5.2 million children under the age of 15 have some type of disability.
- 150,00 babies are born each year with a birth defect.
How Can I Help?
There are thousands of children with disabilities who need, and can be provided with, the opportunity to play soccer through the TOPSoccer Program. The TOPSoccer program would not exist without the countless hours donated by dedicated volunteers across the country. Yet, we need more volunteers to help make this a reality for these children. If you believe in the statement "the gift of life is the gift of giving," you are on the right track to becoming a volunteer.
For more information on PA West Soccer TOPSoccer, including how to start a club, please contact:
PA West Soccer