What is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer is a community-based play, training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs (abilities). It is run by local volunteers and designed to meet the needs of children with physical and/or other special needs. The program targets those kids ages 4 and up who would like to play soccer, but are challenged by the traditional soccer environment, including those kids with physical supports and wheelchairs.
The program is geared towards player development rather than to competition.
We currently offer two TOPSoccer programs in Folsom. Both are fully funded by Folsom Lake Soccer League in partnership with the City of Folsom Parks and Recreation. Our goal is to provide soccer opportunities for youth athletes with physical and/or mental disabilities. Prior soccer experience is not necessary. Players will be supervised by a “Buddy”. Experienced FSC coaches will run exercises and games to introduce the game of soccer.
We host TOPSoccer Play Days four times a year in February, May, August and November. Play Days are free events open to all children with special needs to come out and have fun learning to play soccer. Players will be taught soccer skills in small group settings or stations, and will be cheered on and assisted as needed by a “Buddy.” Each Skill Station will be led by a registered FSC Coach and will feature soccer skills modifiable to each individual player’s interest and ability level. Following the Skill Stations, players will be organized into teams and will be able to practice their new skills in an informal scrimmage game, again with the assistance of Coaches, Buddies, and of course cheering family members and friends!
Registration for TOPSoccer Players or Buddy Volunteers for the next Play Day is open, register below.
We will host our first 6-week TOPSoccer Mini-League Season beginning September 15 and running every Friday until October 22 from 6-7:30pm under the lights at Livermore Park! Each Friday night Mini-League event will consist of practice time and end with a 30 minute, 7 v 7 format game. Each team will be led by parent-volunteer coaches and assistant coaches with support from FSC certified coaches. Comp-level teams will assist Players as Buddies in both the practice and game portions, according to the needs of individual Players.
Registration for TOPSoccer Players for the 6-week Mini-League is open, register below.
Interested in joining the TOPSoccer effort in Folsom or have questions? Email TOPSoccer Committee Chair, Lisa Zinn.
New Starting in July 2017: Mandatory League Registration!
In addition to signing up for quarterly Play Days and the 6-week Mini-League season below, all TOPSoccer Players (whether Play Day Players, Mini-League Players or BOTH) now must also register once per calendar year with the Folsom Lake Soccer League through their registration portal. Registration ensures all Players in the League are properly insured and that accurate emergency information is gathered. Player participation at TOPSoccer events is free, with costs generously covered by the Folsom Lake Soccer League.
Please click on the link below to register your Player with the League for 2017. Remember to ALSO click the Play Day and/or Mini-League links farther down to register your Player for those specific events.