TOPSoccer - The Outreach Program for Soccer is a recreational program designed for special needs athletes who play the world’s most popular sport. We focus on fun and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition.
We modify the game of soccer to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete and provide opportunities for building relationships, fitness and self-esteem. The special needs of our players come in all shapes and sizes – physical, cognitive, emotional and social. Everyone plays and one-on-one assistance is available.
We play every Saturday afternoon between September and November from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Arena Soccer Park (2190 Canal Street, Orange, 92865). There are no practices or weekday events.
If you have any questions regarding TOPS, please click here to e-mail TOPS coach Jim Watson.
TOPSoccer is an amazing program! It opens up the game of soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical challenge. It started small, as a grassroots effort by parents with a wonderful vision. Then US Youth Soccer nurtured it. Now, with the generous backing of Uniroyal Tire, it's fast becoming one of the most widely praised youth sports programs in America - while keeping true to its grassroots approach. It goes right along with US Youth Soccer's mission "to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels."
Why do we need TOPSoccer? So that every kid can know the rewards of playing on a team, of trying to score - of being in the game! It brings a sense of accomplishment and sheer joy to kids who otherwise would have to sit on the sidelines. Parents can't praise it enough, the siblings enjoy helping and cheering, the kids' laughter and enthusiasm are infectious - In this program, everyone comes away a winner. I hope you'll get involved in TOPSoccer in your community.
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