AUBURNDALE, FL (January 31, 2023) - Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) was excited to kick off this past December's third annual US Disability Soccer Month with the Florida TOPSoccer (TOPS) Festival.
The second annual TOPS Festival occurred on December 11, 2022, with the support of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the FYSA TOPS Committee. One-day events like this are an exciting opportunity that features training, games, and entertainment for all involved.
This year's event saw continued success with participation from athletes all over the state and a seventy-five percent (75%) increase in the number of buddies and volunteers from year one.
The TOPS Festival aims to expand the public's knowledge of TOPS programs around the state and encourage interested athletes to participate in this fun and inclusive event.
The first TOPS event held by a US Youth Soccer state association was by Pennsylvania West in 1992 with their one-day TOPS Jamboree. FYSA is overjoyed to continue hosting TOPS events thirty (30) years later. FYSA strives to make a positive impact through programs and events that encourage soccer to be available to all state youth players.
The longevity of programs like TOPSoccer further proves the need and importance of inclusive programming at the individual state and local levels.
Thank you to the FYSA TOPSoccer Committee, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tampa Bay Rays, Publix, and all the fantastic volunteers! This event would not be possible without your support.
Check out some of the action shots and behind-the-scenes photos of this year's event using the button below.
What is TOPSoccer? TOPSoccer (TOPS) is a recreational sports program for children and adults with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities that is offered only through local USYS-affiliated soccer clubs. TOPSoccer programs provide our members with opportunities to play soccer in a uniquely structured, safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive environment.
If you are interested in starting a TOPSoccer program or hosting a TOPSoccer Festival in your area, contact Florida TOPSoccer Chairperson Jennifer DiTillio at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find TOPSoccer Programs in your area, click here.