TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement for young athletes with special needs. The program, designed and administered by US Youth Soccer and its volunteer TOPSoccer committee, provides meaningful learning, development, 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 through all levels of age and competition.”
The 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. Registration for the Fall season is in July, while the Spring season registration is in February.
Columbus Metropolitan TOPSoccer
Columbus Metropolitan TOPSoccer is sponsored by Prairie Township Youth Soccer. All Columbus-area families are invited to join us in Galloway.
The program consists of both a spring and fall season that corresponds with the recreational soccer season. All games are non-competitive, and emphasis is placed on the individual successes of each child. For some children, it may be as simple as actually moving the ball to the thrill of playing in a very active soccer game. All efforts are encouraged and cheered as we emphasize the athlete’s abilities, not their disabilities.
Every child in the program receives a shirt and an end-of-season trophy or medal. This is offered at a family-friendly fee of $25.00.
We use youth volunteers (buddies) to help our athletes. These are youth from the communities in which we play in, we have skilled players from the high school teams, players from our select teams, boys & girls from schools fulfilling their community service hours, and kids that have heard of the program and want to help out. Other adults in the communities also help with the program; these are coaches, local therapists, parents, board members, etc.
Registration Opens: February
Spring 2023 Season Dates: Saturdays, April 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and May 6th, 13th, and 20th | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
All sessions will be held at the Galloway Sports Complex (1503 Galloway Rd., Galloway, OH 43119)
Price: $25 per season (includes shirt and end-of-season trophy or medal)
Soccer balls will be supplied during sessions. If your child is able to tolerate wearing shin guards, it is recommended but not required. Players are asked to wear cleats or tennis shoes to every session.