Illinois Youth Soccer Paralympic Development Program is a first-of-its-kind player identification and training program for Paralympic eligible athletes to prepare and showcase them for collegiate and US Soccer national team selection.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
To be eligible to play, athletes must be age 14-18, ambulant (no requirement for assistive walking aids), and have one of the following neurological conditions:
As interest and participation levels increase, additional age levels will be added to the program.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in playing in a competitive training and game environment like the Para Development Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY DO WE NEED A PARALYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?
Opportunities for youth Paralympic athletes to train and play in a competitive environment with their peers in the 7vs7 game formats utilized at the Collegiate, Olympic and International competitions are extremely limited.
This new program has been developed to create teams for these athletes to develop their skill sets and offer opportunities to showcase their talents in game environments for identification by next level coaches.