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About TOPSoccer
TOPSoccer is a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl with special needs. The New Jersey Youth Soccer / US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program provides assistance to affiliated organizations with ways to enable players with mental or physical disabilities to play soccer. The emphasis of this program is on development, training, and meaningful participation rather than on competition. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage, and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer. There are thousands of children with disabilities who need, and can be provided the opportunity to play soccer through TOPSoccer. That opportunity exists for these athletes to achieve, develop and participate according to their individual abilities.
TOPSoccer Coaches Course
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TOPSoccer Buddy Course
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Program Education

TOPSoccer Coach Course: A 4-hour US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coaching Course costing $25.00 combines a 3-hour classroom seminar with a 1-hour practical demonstration that is designed to guide both the novice and experienced coach. The course presents information on player characteristics, the qualities of a good coach, modern coaching methods and how to collaborate with the TOPSoccer Buddy in providing a fun growth experience for soccer players with special needs. There is no examination and a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all participants who complete the course.

TOPSoccer Buddy Course: TOPSoccer Buddies are enablers. They are generally volunteers who participate with TOPSoccer players to enable player participation. Buddies can be teenagers (NJYS recommends age 13+) or adults. Soccer experience is not necessary. The only requirement is a strong desire to enable TOPSoccer players to be successful and to have FUN! NJYS offers a free 2-hour TOPSoccer Buddy Clinic combining a 1-hour classroom seminar with a 1-hour practical demonstration that addresses player characteristics, the role and qualities of a buddy, and how best to assist the TOPSoccer Coach in providing a fun growth experience for soccer players with special needs.

2019-2020 Programs
2019-2020 Organization
Champions Soccer Club Hector Velasquez
Chatham United Jesse Tracey
Cranford SC Diane Cruz
East Brunswick SC Jim Harmon
Franklin Township Soccer Club Nancy Lianos
Glen Rock Shooting Stars Alison Pappalardo
Harrison SC Troy Memis
Howell Soccer Club Ryan Foley
Maple Shade Soccer - Morrestown Rec Catherine McCarthy- Devone
Montclair United SC Mitch Heisler
Morris United Sheila Donovan
Mt Laurel United Soccer Nan Sabulsky
Oaklyn Soccer Club April Marino
Point Pleasant SC Darryl Monticello
Roselle Park TOPSoccer

Chris Miller

Teaneck Junior SL Ken Hoffman
Toms River Vincent Guardino
Watchung Hills SC Antonio Pagkalinawan
West Morris Soccer Club Doon Wintz
West Orange United FC Louis Mignone

TOPSoccer Program Registration

Each year TOPSoccer programs are asked to reregister their programs with New Jersey Youth Soccer.

To register your program for the 2019-2020 Season please fill out the TOPSoccer NJYS Program Identification. This form will register your program as a viable TOPSoccer program meeting all requirements.

After completing this form please submit your TOPSoccer Excel Data Template to recreation@njyouthsoccer.com.

TOPSoccer Coaches Requirements:

TOPSoccer Coach Registration Requirements:

Ensuring player safety is one of the guiding principles of NJ Youth Soccer. We are committed to protecting the health, safety, and security of all players, parents, and coaches. Background screening, Safe Sport training, and concussion training are some of the important ways we do this.

TOPSoccer Coach Registration process (if club utilizes US Soccer Connect/Stack Sports)

  1. Take the Safe Sport Training Course
  2. Take the Concussion Training Course
  3. Register with the clubs Coaches link (US Soccer Connect/Stack Sports) for the current seasonal year. The fee is $15.00 per coach per season. If your club needs help setting up their coaches event for the current seasonal year emailregistration@njyouthsoccer.com. NOTE: Coaches must do their own registration.
  4. Documents required for upload to your registration are the Safe Sport Training Certificate under abuse prevention, concussion certificate, and TOPSoccer Coach Certification Certificate under safety certificate.

Additional Notes:

  • Each season, TOPSoccer coaches will be required to authorize a background check during the registration process.
  • Contact Lindsey Nappi (lindsey@njyouthsoccer.comor 609-336-2022) with questions about the background checks.

TOPSoccer Coach Registration process (if a club does not use US Soccer Connect/Stack Sports Clubs)

  1. Take theSafe Sport Training Course
  2. Take the Concussion Training Course
  3. Report TOPSoccer Coachesvia TOPSoccer Excel Data Template in the player/ coach column specify coach instead of player. In the columns provided, verify coaches have met the background check requirements by marking "X" in the appropriate column.
  4. Submit your data template complete with players and coaches torecreation@njyouthsoccer.com along with:
  5. Completed "Certification of Criminal Background Screening Compliance for Recreational Youth Coaches"
  6. The name of their selected background screening company
  7. Background screening Contract Start and End Dates
  8. Contact Information and Name of Club Risk Management Contact

Additional Notes: Background checks will be required each seasonal year. Please note that your club may have additional requirements in addition to NJYS requirements.