Cal North CYSA - District 8
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TOPSoccer is The Outreach Program for Soccer.  TOPSoccer was formed to support the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) Association mission statement as it is applied to disabled young athletes. In part, that mission statement dictates that we all work “to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.” 

TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. It is organized by state youth soccer association volunteers. The TOPS program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with a physical or mental challenge.

The TOPSoccer program is individualized to meet the needs of all children. A child does not need to have any athletic abilities in order to participate and enjoy this program. This unique program gives a child with a mental or physical challenge the ability to become part of a soccer team.

The TOPSoccer program incorporates the use of soccer ‘buddies’ who work with the player on the field.  These volunteers assist the player in navigating the soccer field, giving encouraging feedback and directions. The TOPSoccer program, with the assistance of the volunteer soccer ‘buddies’ are a great resource in helping physically/mentally challenged youth to enjoy themselves, and be a part of soccer activities.

Tracy TOPSoccer now has over 60 players in their program, they are really excited about that. They practice at Clyde Bland Park on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7pm, and their games are on Wednesday evenings at the Tracy Sports Complex from 6pm until 7pm.

TOPSoccer Pumpkinfest

Each year, Tracy Youth Soccer Association holds a TOPSoccer Pumpkinfest, at the end of October, inviting surrounding leagues.  This event brings players from various leagues together for a day of fun.
This annual event is held with assistance from neighboring leagues and special friends. There will typically be BBQ, medals, prizes, and fun for all.

The 2015, TOPSoccer Pumpkinfest was held by the Tracy Youth Soccer League on October 24, at the Tracy Sports Complex. 

TOPSoccer Players At Pumpkinfest

TOPSoccer Program Coordination

Carolynn Rafferty is the TOPSoccer coordinator for the Tracy Youth Soccer League.  Carolynn also is the District VIII TOPSoccer Committee representative, and the chairperson of the Cal North TOPSoccer Committee.

Contact Carolynn Rafferty for any questions:

Cal North has a TOPSoccer site located at the following site:   here

Creating Your Own TOPSoccer Program

1. 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.

2. Length of program is determined by organizer (6-8 weeks)

3. Playing rules.

  • Create rules to fit specific needs.
  • Use the US YOUTH SOCCER Under 6, Under 8 or Under 10 guidelines

4. TOPSoccer programs can have very modest beginnings.

5. For those athletes not able to participate due to medical reasons, design a skills program that
    is rewarding, challenging and fun.

6. Variety of choices.

  • Small-sided games (3 v 3, 4 v 4, 8 v 8, etc.)
  • Full-sided games (11v11)
  • Unified teams (ratio of challenged athletes to non-challenged athletes)
  • Indoor programs
  • Outdoor program
  • Camps
  • Skills only

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

  US Youth Soccer provides a large number of resources for those interested in the TOPSoccer program. Information is available for leagues, coaches, and parents, and may be accessed below:

The main program site for TOPSoccer is on the US Youth Soccer website, which has further information on what the TOPSoccer program means to the players & their families, and further insight into the program:     here

  Cal North has TOPSoccer information located on their site:     here

Pumpkinfest Pictures                                    

The following pictures are from September, 2011
The following pictues are from 2015

Please send in photos of your TOPSoccer participants enjoying the game; no names will be added to the website.  Just think how cool it would be for them to share their achievements with friends and family!
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