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TOP Soccer Program

By Chris Downing, 09/13/19, 7:00AM CDT


TOP Soccer 2020 Hosted by Illinois Fire Juniors

TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities to learn and play the game of soccer. Organized by volunteers and our coaching staff, the program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. The goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.

Spring 2020 Season Update!

Following advice from the CDC and other experts for this particular community, we are sorry to announce that we will be cancelling the TOPSoccer session for the spring. We plan to resume the TOPSoccer program in the Fall, and will start recruitment of players and buddies at that time. We appreciate all who were planned to participate in the program and are excited to work with you all in the future!

Program Details

Ages: Boys & Girls Ages 7 - 18

Cost: $25, every player receives a dry fit t-shirt.

Location: Community Fields

Why TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer furthers US Youth Soccer’s mission of fostering the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels. In short, TOPSoccer takes kids from the sidelines to participating in the game. Just talk with the parents or participants of TOPSoccer and you’ll understand why TOPSoccer?

What are the beneļ¬ts of TOPSoccer for my child?
•Your child will develop a sense of belonging to a community.
•Learn the value of being part of a team.
•Improved self-esteem, fitness and social skills.

What is the role of the TOPSoccer parent?
As a TOPSoccer parent you need to:
•Provide transportation to and from all practices and games, ensuring that the player is prompt.
•Attend all practices and games.
•Lend support in a positive manner.
•Provide any pertinent information about your child to the coaches and administrators.

What should families expect from the program?
•A fun and meaningful experience for you and your family.
•Games and activities adapted to ensure your child’s participation.
•Safe and healthy environment.
•Parents will have the opportunity to network with other families for support and information-sharing.

TOP Soccer Buddy Program

We are looking for volunteer buddies age 12 and up to assist the players. TOPSoccer buddies are an invaluable part of the program and a great way to make a difference in someone's life while having fun.

The role of the Buddy may include but not be limited to:

  • Enabling a player to participate/play
  • Assist/Create/Direct/Guide/Teach in a FUN learning environment
  • Continuously monitor/assess the player
  • Interacting with players, coaches, parents
  • Role may vary widely depending upon needs of the player

If possible, we hope that buddies can commit to all sessions to help provide consistency for the players and program.

TOP Soccer 2020 Schedule


Registration for the Spring 2020 season is closed. Please refer to the update for further information.

Ready to become a buddy?

Read and understand the buddy manual, then contact Chris Downing with any questions and to enroll in the program. We look forward to hearing from you.

Illinois Fire Juniors Vice President Chris Downing