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TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based program that's designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The focus is player development rather than competition and to give the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to anyone aged 5 and older who has a mental or physical disability.

The basis of TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer, specifically altered to allow full participation and enjoyment for each athlete. AZSC offers the TOPSoccer program in Gilbert and Queen Creek. Scroll down for more information.

What are the benefits?

  1. Development of motor skills and improved physical fitness.
  2. Promotes social skills by teaching teamwork and cooperation.
  3. Provides safe participation and fair play.
  4. Develops discipline, initiative, and achievement, which encourage children to fully realize their potential.
  5. To have FUN!

Who is eligible for TOPSoccer?

Any player aged 5 and older having a physical or mental disability that limits their ability to perform at the level of play they have chosen to participate. Emphasis of this program is on development, training, and providing meaningful participation rather than on competition.

Interested in being a TOPSoccer Buddy?

TOPSoccer buddies are athletes that volunteer to mentor players in the program. As a buddy you will:

  • Receive training from the Arizona Soccer Association
  • Build 1-on-1 relationships with TOPSoccer players
  • Help TOPSoccer players realize their potential and have fun

Our Buddies are players from AZSC, players from surrounding clubs, and parents. For information about becoming a Buddy contact Jason Hall, program coordinator.

Interested in being a TOPSoccer Coach?

TOPSoccer coaches volunteer time to help players develop motor skill, improve fitness, learn teamwork and cooperation. TOPSoccer coaches:

  • Receive training from Arizona Soccer Association
  • Build relationships with buddies and TOPSoccer athletes
  • Assist with and lead TOPSoccer practices

Coaches must be over 18 years of age and pass a background check. Prior coaching experience isn't required. For details contact Jason Hall.


TOPSoccer Spring 2020 Season

TOPSoccer Spring 2020 Season is on hold currently.  Due to COVID and other issues we may have to suspend the spring season.  I'm currently working on another option for our kiddos from March 8-12.

I should know more in the next few weeks!!

TOPSoccer Gilbert

Registration

  • Spring season is on hold currently. See comment above

Mandatory Parent Meeting

  • TBA 

Spring Season Practice Times

  • TBA

Registration Requirements/costs

  • Ages 5-adult
  • Shin-guards mandatory, cleats optional
  • $$ TBA

Registration incluDES

  • TOPSoccer uniform (Jersey, shorts, & socks)
  • TOPSoccer medal
  • TOPSoccer individual & team picture
  • Insurance & costs to reserve/rent fields

Location

  • TBA

 

 

TOPSoccer Queen Creek

Registration

  • Spring season is on hold currently. See comment above

Mandatory Parent Meeting

  • TBA 

Spring Season Practice Times

  • TBA

Registration costs

  • Ages 5-adult
  • Shin-guards mandatory, cleats optional
  • $$ TBA

Registration incluDES

  • TOPSoccer uniform (Jersey, shorts, & socks)
  • TOPSoccer medal
  • TOPSoccer individual & team picture
  • Insurance & costs to reserve/rent fields

Location

  • TBA

 

 


THUNDER TOPSOCCER NEWS!

US Soccer recognizes December as Disability month to bring awareness

See flyer below. "Adapt and Thrive"

Arizona Soccer Association TOPSoccer Easter Coloring Contest Winners from AZSC


Gilbert Winner, Brett Ferron


Queen Creek Winner, Roman Sierra


AZSC Queen Creek Winner, Roman Sierra

Draw and color a picture of Buddy & Athlete together at practice


Maddie N., Cotra, & Cameron


Morgan & Brett


Taylor & Lucas


Aspen & Xander


Aspen & Xander


JJ & Hope


Aubree & Lillie


Aubree & Lillie


Peyton & Ella

We have a winner!

Character Counts!!

Well TOPSoccer fans!  Naomi Nyboer did it!  She won!  She was selected as the 2019  Character Counts High School Athlete of the Year!  She also was awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for her future academic endeavors!  Please view a couple pictures below with her family, former NHL & Coyotes Pro Hockey Player, Shane Doan and former NFL & AZ Cardinals Player, Ron Wolfley!  Thank you Parker & Sons for providing the scholarship!

Nominated! Wish her good luck!

Character Counts!

AZ Sports Talk Radio, 98.7 FM, has a program called Character Counts.  The program dives into the lives of AZ high school athletes and how they give back to the community.  One of our Thunder players, Naomi Nyboer,  was selected as a finalist for a $10,000 college scholarship!  She is 1 of 10 to be selected from high school athletes around the state of AZ based upon her involvement in high school athletics and giving back to her community!  Congrats Naomi!

Visit the link to read Naomi's interview with AZ Sports Talk Radio!

https://arizonasports.com/story/2167480/casteel-sophmore-soccer-player-uses-hands-to-communicate-with-buddy/

2019 AZ USYS TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year

Our very own, AZSC TOPSOCCER Buddy, NAOMI NYBOER (04GE) was nominated and selected to receive the 2019 US Youth Soccer AZ TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award.  She will will receive the award at the ASA Gala Event on Jan. 25, 2020.  Her name will be submitted for the USYS Regional TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award.  Good Luck Naomi!

Naomi was selected and awarded the USYS Regional TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award.  She finished as Finalist for the USYS National Award!

Namoi on a break with her TOPSoccer Athlete, Brett

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