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TOPSoccer Program

Swansboro Soccer Association is proud to present our TOPSoccer Pilot program!

US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a recreational sports program for children and adults with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities offered only through local US Youth Soccer-affiliated soccer clubs. TOPSoccer provides people with diverse abilities an opportunity to play soccer in a structured environment that is safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive.

Benefits for Participants
SOCIAL SKILLS - Players interact with their volunteer Buddy and other athletes in a fun, group setting and learn proper social behaviors.

TEAMWORK - Players learn to trust someone else and rely on them through soccer activities and games.

PERSEVERANCE - Players might encounter difficulties with activities, but they will be encouraged to keep trying and overcome challenges.

CONFIDENCE - Players will achieve success on the field that carries over to their lives off the field in so many ways!

Differentiators of TOPSoccer

Buddies: Each participant is assigned a volunteer, trained ‘Buddy’ who is typically a little older and neurotypical. This Buddy works with their player individually and makes sure they are safe, engaged, supported, and having fun. The player-Buddy relationship is maintained throughout the course of a season, resulting in strong interpersonal bonds and an establishment of trust and confidence that allows each player to achieve their full potential.

Coaches: TOPSoccer coaches and administrators have taken formal USYS education and certification training that assists them in successfully delivering the program. In addition to providing coaching strategies and tactics specifically for children with special needs, the training identifies the traits of the most common disabilities and provides guidance on how to modify typical soccer practice activities so everyone can be successful.

Groupings: Players are grouped by ability, not just age, such that they can develop at their own pace and participate amongst others with similar abilities.


Want to be a Coach?

As an all-Volunteer Association, SSA is always looking for volunteers to coach our youth. We provide volunteer coaches with drills, practices, equipment and coaching techniques that can help them with their teams.

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We also look for volunteers for other areas (Concessions, Sponsorships, and Field Maintenance etc.). If you select to be a volunteer with SSA when registering, the club will contact you regarding volunteer positions or you may contact us directly if interested in assisting at [email protected]


Swansboro Soccer Association
1202 Hammocks Beach Road 
Swansboro, North Carolina 28584

Phone: 000-000-0000
Email: [email protected]

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