New Jersey Youth Soccer

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Parents dream of creating a life for their child full of happiness, activity and enrichment.   TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) was designed with this in mind, and is customized to help parents of children with special needs.   

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TOPSoccer is a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities.  The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability.  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.

The benefits of being an NJYS affiliated program are vast:

1.       Program listing on the TOPSoccer page of

2.       Access to designated resources:

·       “TOPS In A Box” (a “how to” resource for existing or developing programs)

·       Our Resource Center (database of potential volunteer buddies)

·       NJYS Area Coordinators (volunteers)

3.       Invitation to special TOPSoccer Events:

·       TOPSoccer Night at Red Bull Arena

·       TOPSoccer Night at Sky Blue FC

·       Regional NJYS Jamborees

4.       TOPSoccer coaching and buddy courses scheduled locally

5.       Potential funding and resources

A successful TOPSOCCER program has the following:

·       Placement of players by ability not age

·       Highlight players' ability rather than their disability

·       Make players have a meaningful experience

·       Make players achieve desired goals without assistance

·       and FUN! FUN! FUN!

Come be a part of our dream. The dream where every child who wants to play can play at his/her own level with players of similar abilities. You can make dreams come true!!! Contact the New Jersey Youth Soccer TOPSoccer chairperson to learn how you can make a difference.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer site where you can find informative resources such as Parent's Guide and Grant application to start a program in your league. 

For more information please contact your local NJYS TOPSoccer Area Coordinator:

·       North (Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Sussex):

o   Megan Saliterman  and Dan Orsini

·       Shore (Monmouth, Ocean): 

o   Lou Mignone and Carol Cordiner

·       Central (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Warren): 

o   Lou Mignone

·       South (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem):

o   Troy Memis

Recognized New Jersey TOPSoccer Programs

  1. Aberdeen/Matawan – Andy Ginsburg –

  2. Champion SA – Jorge Colon –

  3. Franklin Twp. Soccer Club –Nancy Llanos -

  4. Harrison SC – Troy Memis –

  5. Independence SC – Catherine Golden –

  6. Maple Shade SC – Catherine McCarthy-Devone –

  7. Morris United – Shane Bullock –

  8. Point Pleasant SC – Darryl Monticello –

  9. Sayreville SC – Joe Tulipani –

  10. Teaneck Junior SL – Jim Dunleavy –

  11. Union City SC – Jose Renteria –

  12. Wallkill Valley Recreation Soccer – David Van Ginneken –

  13. Watchung Hills – Antonio Pagkalinawan -

  14. West Morris SC – Zach Saliterman –

  15. West Orange United FC – Louis Mignone –

“Why do we need TOPSoccer? So that every kid can know the rewards of playing on a team, of trying to score – of being in the game!  It brings a sense of accomplishment and sheer joy to kids who otherwise would have to sit on the sidelines.  Parents can’t praise it enough, the siblings enjoy helping and cheering, the kids’ laughter and enthusiasm are infectious – In this program, everyone comes away a winner.”  - Julie Foudy, US Women’s National Team Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist, World Cup Soccer Champion

“My daughter was diagnosed with autism shortly before her 3rd birthday.  One of the things that hit us the hardest were all the "things" they told us she would never do. Never be independent, never drive a car, never get married, never have children…Pretty heavy stuff to hear about your baby girl. She has made great strides. She can dress, bath and prepare her own food. She loves to surf the net, send text messages, and tell funny jokes.  She has also been a TOPSoccer player for the last 5 years. This team has given J the chance to be a regular kid…To put on a jersey, cleats, and shin guards, run, laugh, and cheer her teammates.  TOPSoccer has helped teach her high school mentors that she is just a a regular kid who happens to have autism.  I am making a list of all the things she CAN do.  It is much bigger than what she can't.”





Our son, Benjamin, has been playing in a TOPSoccer program since May 2009 when he was 6 years old.  He has never missed a season, and so looks forward to training with the friendly mentors.  He feels so comfortable on the field with everyone and has developed some good coordination skills over the years.  Benjamin also always has a big smile on his face when he plays at TOPSoccer...a priceless by-product!

Our family loves the TOPSoccer community and the genuine interest that the organizers, coaches and mentors take in our children.  We are blessed to have this organization and its representatives in our neighborhood. For our daughter, TOPSoccer shows how busy young volunteers can make time to show children with special needs the love of soccer.  She has become a better person for this.  For our son, it shows him that he is part of a team and community that cares.