Sacramento TOPSoccer is an outreach program, in coordination with the Sacramento Soccer League (SYSL), created to allow persons with special needs the opportunity to play soccer with their peers and volunteers. We adapt the game to the ability of the child/young adult, not their age, so every child/young adult is involved and is having fun. This is accomplished with a team of volunteers called “Buddies.” Everyone will have fun while learning some basic soccer skills.
The program is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults, ages 4-21, with physical and/or mental disabilities. Disabilities may include (but are not limited to): Autism, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, sight or hearing impaired, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Established and administered by US Youth Soccer and its volunteer TOPSoccer committee, provides meaningful learning and physical participation opportunities to these young athletes through the game of soccer. The emphasis of this program is on development, training and meaningful participation rather than on competition.
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, age, and competition.” Our goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self-esteem through the joy and excitement of playing soccer.
For more information, including upcoming playdates, please visit our new Sacramento TOPSoccer website at www.leaguelineup.com/sactops