TOPSoccer is defined as The Outreach Program for Soccer and is a community based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of the children aged 4 and older with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than competition. Players are placed on teams according to ability NOT by age. The goal of TOPSoccer is to enrich the lives of young Players with disabilities through the game of soccer.
A TOPSoccer player is any Player, who for physical, mental or behavioral reasons cannot successfully participate in a recreational soccer program. The Players range from 4 and older. Check with your league and/or state association to determine starting age of Players. Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which the player can participate in a soccer program, based on ability, not age. The ability and participation level of these Players will be diverse.
The TOPSoccer player should not be defined by their disabilities. Remember, first and foremost, they are Players with different personalities and abilities. The key to the success of these players is patience. Each player will develop at his or her own rate. We are in their time zone. We cannot rush the time in which they will learn, but we can make this adventure fun for all involved. These Players require physical activity for optimum health and the opportunity to participate in organized sports. Participation in the TOPSoccer program can help the player develop a positive self- image and self-confidence.
For many of these Players, this will be their first experience in organized team sports. Many do not have the basic understanding of the concept of the game. The TOPSoccer program will consist of a wide variety of ages and abilities. Keep in mind that the parents of the TOPSoccer Players will be on hand to assist you in dealing with their Players.