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How To Get Started

Getting Started:

Identify the need in your area.

  • For what type of disabilities do you need to plan?
  • Are you able to fulfill these needs?

Check for any restrictions placed on the facility (ies) you plan to use.

  • Are they equipped to handle athletes with physical disabilities?

Check with your soccer insurance carrier.

  • Is there an extra cost to cover athletes with disabilities?

  • Are there special waivers to sign?

Contact established programs for information.

  • State Association Office

  • US Youth Soccer

  • Special Olympics

  • United Cerebral Palsy

  • Shriners

Contact your local school districts and universities.

  • These institutions can be a great source for athletes and volunteers.

Create a list of people who are able to assist you.

Plan your advertisement(s).

Get the support of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer's representative and the Regional- TOPSoccer Representative, and use them as resources.

Creating Your Program:

The unique thing about TOPSoccer is that each program is different and is created around the needs of the participants. Additionally, TOPSoccer athletes are placed on teams according to ability, not age.
Length of program is determined by organizer (6-8 weeks).
Playing rules.

  • Create rules to fit specific needs
  • Use the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer & US Youth Soccer Under 6, Under 8 or Under 10 guidelines.

TOPSoccer programs can have very modest beginnings.
For those athletes not able to participate due to medical reasons, design a skills program that is rewarding, challenging, and fun. 
Variety of choices.

  • Small-sided games (3 v 3, 4 v 4, 8 v 8, etc.)
  • Full-sided games (11 v 11)
  • Unified teams (ratio of challenged athletes to non-challenged athletes)
  • Indoor program
  • Outdoor program
  • Camps
  • Skills only
     

Above all...keep it simple...KEEP IT FUN!

Cost Involved:

Costs vary depending upon your registration fees and insurance fees, and uniform and equipment costs.
Costs should be kept low and affordable to all possible participants.
Grants are available through Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer & US Youth Soccer.
There are philanthropic entities, such as the Shriners, which offer assistance. Research others in the local community (Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, etc.) 
Approach local companies or corporations for cash or in-kind donations.
 

Helpful Hints:

Use color coded goals or nets (e.g., red goals/yellow nets)
Have scrimmage vests available
Have a ball for each athlete
HAVE FUN!
 
 
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4070 Butler Pike, Suite 100
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
P: 610.238.9966
F: 610.238.9933
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