New Hampshire Soccer Association News

BY THE NUMBERS: LEAGUES PROGRAM TEAMS AT 2019 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FINALS

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What is TOPSoccer?

US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. 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. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.

What is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs.  It provides a very affordable opportunity for fitness, fun and building self-esteem.

  • Modifications are made to the game to allow full participation and enjoyment to each child.

  • One-on-one assistance is available to those who need it.

  • It offers a recreational, leisure approach to the game of soccer for children with special needs.

Why do we need a TOPSoccer Program?
TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US Youth Soccer mission statement which is, in part, “to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.” There are thousands of children with disabilities who need, and can be provided with, the opportunity to play soccer through the TOPSoccer program.

Athletes:
A TOPSoccer player is defined as any youth player between the ages of 4 and 19 who has a disability that limits their ability to perform at the level of play in which they have chosen to participate.

Mission:
TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US Youth Soccer mission statement, which is, to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and 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.

Facts:

Listed below are some amazing facts on the prevalence of disabilities within our society.  These facts are the latest available from the 1990 Census conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • There are 48.9 million people with disabilities.  7 million have mental disabilities

  • 50,000 children a year become disabled through accidents.

  • 150,000 babies are born each year with a birth defect.

Volunteers | How Can I Help?
The TOPSoccer program would not exist without the countless hours donated by dedicated volunteers across the country.  Yet, we need more volunteers to help make this a reality for these children.  If you believe in the statement “the gift of life is the gift of giving,” you are on the right track to becoming a volunteer.

More Information:

For information on local TOPSoccer programs, resources, registration and how to set up a TOPSoccer program, please contact our TOPSoccer Coordinators Tamara Morris and Ara Tamzarian.

New Hampshire Soccer Loses A Player Too Early

CENTER BARNSTEAD – It is with heavy hearts that we have to inform the membership of the New Hampshire Soccer Association that we have lost one of our future stars, Tessa Reneé Carter, 16, of Center Barnstead.

We at New Hampshire Soccer Association offer our heartfelt condolences to Tessa’s family. Your daughter was a part of the fabric that is New Hampshire soccer.  Her love for the game, her determination as a player, her caring nature as a volunteer coach and mentor, as well as her competitive spirit will be missed on the soccer fields of New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Soccer Association hopes that no Family, Community, Club, Team, or Individual has to feel the pain of a loss of an individual who felt that suicide is the answer.  We want all involved in the game we love to feel that they are not alone.  The game of soccer is about family.  Some family you are born into and then there are those who become family through the game.

As a family, soccer or otherwise, you always have someone to lean on.  Never feel that you are on your own. We are New Hampshire Soccer, We ARE FAMILY.

If you or someone you know is thinking about harming themselves, let them know there are other options.

Below are links to resources that could help save a life:

Rally Your Team – Lancaster 2019

July 10-14, 2019 – Lancaster

2019 Adult Soccer Fest

Lancaster, Massachusetts