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EPIC Soccer Program - for those with Intellectual or Physical Challenges

The AYSO EPIC Program (formerly VIP) strives to provide a quality soccer experience for individuals whose intellectual or physical challenges make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. We recognize that everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The EPIC program offers that acceptance and carries the philosophy of "Everyone Plays®" to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.

There are weekly training sessions and games vs. a Fall Core 12U Girls team on Saturdays.

Anyone interested in participating in the EPIC Program should contact EPIC Coordinator Doug Sears ([email protected]).

EPIC Program

Click on the logo for iEPIC program information from the AYSO National website.


The AYSO volunteer position of EPIC Buddy is a non-disabled person intended to guide the EPIC player on the field of play and, when, if no longer needed to assist physically, continues to be part of the player support system from the sideline.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Treat all EPIC players with respect.
  • Guide the EPIC player physically, if necessary, on the field.
  • Encourage the EPIC player verbally, may “guide” the ball but do not “play” the ball.
  • Work with the EPIC coach to determine the use of the buddy on the field for a particular individual or situation.

  • Understand involvement of the buddy could start with full-time on the field, progress to fewer than four quarters and then progress to cheerleading from the sidelines
  • Decrease his/her role, except for consistent cheerleader, throughout the season as dictated by the player’s progress.

  • Work toward the goal of player independence.


If you would like to volunteer or have questions contact the EPIC Program Coordinator Doug Sears ([email protected]).

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