2016 USYS Honors Alabama’s Katie Steinert as TOPSoccer Coach of The Year

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Katie Steinert of Birmingham was honored as the 2016 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coach of the Year award recipient Jan. 13 at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2017 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles. US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is the outreach program for soccer.

Other award winners and the latest US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductee were honored, as well.

With a background in soccer, as well as special education, Katie Steinert has been an integral part of the TOPSoccer program. Steinert demonstrates leadership in the community by promoting TOPSoccer wherever she goes, telling students all about the program. Social media, word of mouth, and handing out flyers are just a few ways that Steinert informs others about TOPSoccer. She takes the time to make each individual player feel special and wanted within the program.

The recipient of the TOPSoccer Coach of the Year award is selected by the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala Committee on the basis of his or her demonstration of patience, understanding, dependability, flexibility, and the ability to adjust to ever-changing on-field situations. The Coach of the Year is also an invaluable volunteer who facilitates the program by filling many roles, including being a coach, cheerleader and role model as well as assisting when needed with administrative responsibilities. Coaches show leadership and support while assisting, guiding, directing, and teaching the game of soccer and its skills while creating a fun learning experience.


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 Alabama Soccer Association family.

How do I participate?

Contact ASA Technical Director Zac Crawford at zac@alsoccer.org to find out more about getting involved.


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