TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer)
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based team placement and training program for young athletes (ages 4 and older) with disabilities. The program, created by the US Youth Soccer association, is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability. The goal is to enable players with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the soccer family.
The TOPSoccer Program is geared toward player development rather than competition. Players are placed on teams according to ability not by age. Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which the player can participate; the ability and participation level will be diverse. The key to the success of these players is patience. Each player will develop at his or her own rate. We cannot rush the time in which they will learn, but we can make this adventure fun for all involved. 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 an organized team sport.
Pleasanton RAGE intends to start our TOPSoccer program in the 2014-2015 season.
Further information about TOPSoccer can be found on the US Youth Soccer website.
Any questions or comments, please contact Pleasanton RAGE Board Member Dan Allari at firstname.lastname@example.org