Vacaville Youth Soccer League is excited to start our first TOPSoccer program this 2017 season. TOPSoccer is an outreach program designed to allow persons with special needs the opportunity to play soccer with their peers and volunteers. This program is inclusive for children ages 4 up to young adult. We adapt the game to the ability of the child/young adult, so every child/young adult is involved and is having fun. This is accomplished with the a team of volunteers called “Buddies.” All practices and games will be held at Horse Creek Soccer Complex. Everyone will have fun while learning some basic soccer skills.
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for soccer) is a community-based training and team placement for young athletes with special needs. The program, designed and administered by US Youth Soccer and it's volunteer TOPSoccer committee, provides meaningful learning, physical participation opportunities to these young athletes through the game of soccer. The emphasis of this program is on development, training and meaningful participation rather than on competition. TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US Youth Soccer mission statement, which is, “ to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development through the sport of soccer at all levels age and competition.” Our goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills,courage and self esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer.
-All players should wear comfortable clothes, and athletic shoes to practices and games. Please wear VYSL TOPSoccer jersey to all games.
-All players should bring a water bottle
-Parents you are welcome to bring picnic blankets and or chairs to sit during practices and games. So please sit, relax and enjoy watching your child(ren)
-The fields are just for players, buddies and coaches only please.
-Have player information form filled out and returned 3 days before the first practice.
-please notify Tiffani Lanting if your player will not be at a practice or game.
Be a Buddy! If you are in 9th grade and older, consider being a TOPSoccer Buddy! Volunteering as a Buddy is very rewarding. It is laughter, smiles and an experience you will always remember. No soccer experience necessary, but compassion, commitment, energy and a spirit of fun are expected.
-Buddies will be paired up with a child/young adult for the whole season. This is to create a special trust and bond between the player and buddy.
-Buddies are expected to arrive on the field 15 minutes early ready to go and greet their buddy and stay 15 minutes late to say bye and help with clean up.
-Because volunteers will be working with children, there will be a background check for adults 18 and older. This is standard for every VYSL and TOPSoccer volunteer in the U.S.
-Dress appropriately in a VYSL TOPSoccer t-shirt, shorts, and athletic shoes. No open toed shoes, dangling jewelry or revealing clothing please.
-TOPSoccer T-shirts will be given along with the player's uniforms. Please wear them to all games.
-No soccer experience required
-Please contact Tiffani Lanting at if you are going to miss a practice or game.