What TOPSoccer will offer your athlete.
"I like that my boys really enjoy going...also Christine has welcomed them with open arms...it has absolutely been a wonderful opportunity for them to make some friends and get to play. Both my boys feel very welcome and appreciate all the buddies helping out.
TOPS has opened up another avenue for them...they now know maybe they really can play soccer..." they both look forward to playing every Sunday and especially in official looking uniforms...Even though one of my sons is in 9th grade, this is the first time he is able to really play a sport outside of school PE...and he LOVES it.
They have both learned that playing can be fun and doesn’t always have to be competitive...seems like if you are NOT really good, you don’t get to play sports outside of school...Christine has made this opportunity a reality for my boys and it is definitely, improving their self-esteem. I am so very grateful!... "the program has more than met my expectations...there is so much that Christine has arranged, pictures, games with the big league, trips on buses, and practice sessions, uniforms, etc. Can’t thank her enough."- TOPSoccer Mom
TOPSoccer Program Guidelines:
Placement of players by ability not age
Highlight players’ ability rather than their disability
Make players have a meaningful experience, not just a token player
Make players achieve desired goals without assistance
and FUN! FUN! FUN!
What is TOPSoccer?
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.
TOPSoccer provides affordable opportunities for fitness and building self-esteem. One-on-one assistance is available for those who are in need of it. TOPSoccer is an opportunity for the soccer community to come together and make a difference in the lives of all participants.
Several Cal South TOPSoccer programs hold annual festivals, round-robin tournaments and other events designed to bring awareness to the availability of TOPSoccer in their communities. In addition to regular league play, annual festivals and TOPSoccer Days are co-sponsored by Presidio Soccer League, Cal South, Valley Center, San Diego Soccer Club and La Jolla. These events are filled with soccer, love of the game and laughter.
TOPSoccer furthers US Youth Soccer’s mission of fostering the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels. In short, TOPSoccer takes kids from the sidelines to participating in the game. Just talk with the parents or participants of TOPSoccer and you’ll understand why TOPSoccer?
What are the benefits of TOPSoccer for my child?
• Your child will develop a sense of belonging to a community.
• Learn the value of being part of a team.
• Improved self-esteem, fitness and social skills.
What is the role of the TOPSoccer parent?
As a TOPSoccer parent you need to:
• Provide transportation to and from all practices and games, ensuring that the player is prompt.
• Attend all practices and games.
• Lend support in a positive manner.
• Provide any pertinent information about your child to the coaches and administrators.
What should families expect from the program?
• A fun and meaningful experience for you and your family.
• Games and activities adapted to ensure your child’s participation.
• Safe and healthy environment.
• Parents will have the opportunity to network with other families for support and information-sharing.
USYS TOPSoccer Video/ Helpful Information for Parents: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/TOPSoccer/
CalSouth’s TOPSoccer page: http://www.calsouth.com/en/topsoccer/
My Story - My son's first day on a TOPSoccer team: