US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of playing and learning soccer to every boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability. TOPSoccer was formed "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."
LSA is committed to enabling the thousands of young athletes across Louisiana with disabilities to experience the game of soccer in a fun, festive, nurturing and safe environment. Because each TOPSoccer program is different and addresses a wide variety of needs of its participants, they are organized and run by local volunteers. LSA encourages each of its member organizations to create their own TOPSoccer program. LSA will provide whatever support each such local program made need including...
- Providing periodic training for TOPSoccer organizers, administrators and coaches.
- Providing support for informational literature, materials and resources.
- Provide a starting kit of equipment to help each program get underway.
January 10th and 11th in Baton Rouge
LSA is offering a free TOPSoccer symposium in conjunction with its Mid-Year Meeting in Baton Rouge this January. The Symposium will begin with a 3-hour coaching and administrators' course on Saturday afternoon at the LSA office. It wll continue on Sunday morning with a presentation and round table discussion at the Mid-Year Meeting at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Our Presenter will be Mike Singleton, Head Men's Coach and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Washington and Lee University. In addition to 20 years coaching and administrative experience in youth soccer, Mike has been a TOPSoccer presenter for US Youth Soccer at numerous clinics and conventions across the country.
All LSA member organizations are encouraged to attend. Those who attend the Saturday coaching and administrators' course will receive a free starter kit for your organization's TOPSoccer Program.
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Web Page