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It all started with an idea. Tommie Smith and Annette Schroeder, two college students, developed the concept for TOPSoccer while volunteering with the Special Olympics. They suggested that soccer should be provided for more than one month a year, and shortly thereafter, the Special Olympics met with US Youth Soccer to discuss a plan. TOPSoccer […]


This month was previously known as Autism Awareness Month, but the Autism Society of America decided to change the title, last year, to be what we now know as Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). Their decision to change the title was to shift the focus to provide more support and opportunities for families to develop a […]

TOPSoccer -Role and Perspective of the Coach

A quick survey of TOPSoccer programs across the country would reveal that our coaches are not often people who would consider themselves to be soccer coaches.  TOPSoccer coaches are often parents, college or graduate students, physical therapists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, social workers, or speech-language pathologists.  Programs are also fortunate to have licensed soccer […]