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TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a recreational sports program for children and adults with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities offered only through local US Youth Soccer-affiliated soccer clubs. TOPSoccer provides people with diverse abilities an opportunity to play soccer in a structured environment that is safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive.
The Amazing People who make this possible
The Awesome volunteers who participate with the Athletes
The Outstanding players with disabilities who make this all worth while.
No Tryouts, All Players with disabilities accepted.
RSL-AZ West Valley's TOPSoccer League (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a recreational sports program for children and adults with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities offered only through local US Youth Soccer-affiliated soccer clubs. TOPSoccer provides people with diverse abilities an opportunity to play soccer in a structured environment that is safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive.
The TOPSoccer season includes 7 sessions (all on Friday Nights), a jersey, shorts & socks, a medal or trophy for each child who participates. The athletes will also be partnered with Buddies during the sessions.
The TOPSoccer season will be held at Gateway Park in El Mirage for the 2022 Winter Season
Register Close: 1/12/23
1st Session date: 1/27/23
End of Season: 3/10/23
The cost to register in the league is $75 and includes the league, the instructors, field space, jerseys & medals.
If you have or know a athlete with a disability that would like to play please let them know about the league.
If you are interested in becoming a Buddy please fill out the form below so we can get you more information.
SOCIAL SKILLS - Players interact with their volunteer Buddy and other athletes in a fun, group setting and learn proper social behaviors.
TEAMWORK - Players learn to trust someone else and rely on them through soccer activities and sessions.
PERSEVERANCE - Players might encounter difficulties with activities, but they will be encouraged to keep trying and overcome challenges.
CONFIDENCE - Players will achieve success on the field that carries over to their lives off the field in so many ways!
FRIENDSHIP - Players, Buddies and Coaches develop friendships and bond during their time at Top Soccer.
RESPONSIBILITY - Players, Buddies and Coaches all learn their roles and what it takes to be apart of a team. .
Buddies: Each participant is assigned a volunteer, trained ‘Buddy’ who is typically a little older and neurotypical. This Buddy works with their player individually and makes sure they are safe, engaged, supported, and having fun. The player-Buddy relationship is maintained throughout the course of a season, resulting in strong interpersonal bonds and an establishment of trust and confidence that allows each player to achieve their full potential.
Coaches: TOPSoccer coaches and administrators have taken formal USYS education and certification training that assists them in successfully delivering the program. In addition to providing coaching strategies and tactics specifically for children with special needs, the training identifies the traits of the most common disabilities and provides guidance on how to modify typical soccer practice activities so everyone can be successful.
Athlete: Athletes are Players with disabilities and are grouped by ability, not just age, such that they can develop at their own pace and participate amongst others with similar abilities.