TOPSoccer

The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) is a community based program of US Youth Soccer that is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical, visual, and/or intellectual disabilities. The program is geared towards player development rather than competition. We make it a fun and meaningful experience for your child. The program will be full of games and activities adapted in ways that ensure your child will learn at their own pace. A volunteer group of “Junior Coaches” will serve as one-on-one buddies with TOPS athletes.

The program will consist of a 60 minute session comprising various soccer related activities.  Each player will be paired with a buddy to provide guidance and companionship throughout the session.  Feel free to reach out to the TOPS coordinator, Ben Quinto, (email: [email protected], mobile: (617) 290-6958) with any questions about the program and to discuss any details about your child that can help create the best possible experience.

Watch a brief video from US Soccer. (hyperlink to https://vimeo.com/66829201)

2022 Fall Schedule:

Date: Weekly on Sundays

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Location: Cutting Field, 429 Maynard Road, Sudbury, MA

Who is eligible: Players in PreK through 8th grade who reside in Sudbury who have a physical, visual, and/or intellectual disability.

TOPS Schedule: 6 sessions beginning September 18th and ending October 30th (no session Columbus Day weekend)

Duration: 60 minute sessions with a mixture of soccer-based activities and a short game at the end

Participants: maximum of 20 participants

Cost: $25

Season Goals:

  • To create a positive and fun atmosphere where players can learn and develop at their own pace using adaptive equipment and rules
  • To create and foster the social-emotional skills of players through team building activities
  • To teach players how to play soccer and how to be a good teammate 
  • To give each player a positive and successful experience each season

Required Equipment:

  • Players receive a SYSA tee shirt
  • Players are encouraged to wear their team shirt each week. On colder days, warmer clothing can be worn.  Pinnies will be provided by the program to create teams.
  • Players should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers or cleats
  • Each player should bring their own water bottle.
  • Please feel free to email us on what size or type of ball might be best for your player’s needs as we will provide balls of various sizes and types to accommodate player needs.

Parent Coach Volunteers:

  • Parent volunteer coaches are essential to successfully run this program
  • Parents can sign up to volunteer on their child's AdminSports registration account
  • No previous coaching experience is required 
  • A criminal background check (CORI) will be conducted on all adult coaches per state law

Junior Coaches:

  • TOPSoccer invites volunteers ages 13 years old and above to apply to be a Junior Coach. The Junior Coaching positions count towards Lincoln-Sudbury High School’s community services hours. You must be able to commit to attending 6 of the 8 weekly sessions.
  • Junior Coaching applicants can sign up to volunteer through the AdminSports registration account
  • Every TOPSoccer athlete will be paired with a Junior Coach.
  • Junior Coaches will come to the field twenty minutes beforehand to help set up and learn about the drills and stations that day