Soccer4All is soccer for everyone. We bring together experienced coaches, dedicated counselors, and a fun, open environment to allow kids of all types a chance to play the beautiful game.
Boys and girls 5-18 years old with a physical and/or mental disability. Exceptions can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The spring season starts on the last Saturday in April and runs for 3 weeks. There will be no season in the fall.
While in season, sessions are every Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM with the first half hour as practice time followed by a half hour game.
There is no registration fee for the Spring 2021 season.
Soccer4All is the Dover Soccer Association (DSA) league for children with a physical and / or mental disability. The program is open to any child 5 - 18 years old with a development delay or disability including but not limited to: ADD/ADHD, Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spinal Bifida. Players do not need to be Dover residents.
The Soccer4All program has three primary goals: 1) Get Active; 2) Make friends; and 3) Have Fun! It also gives parents an opportunity to enjoy watching their children as well as develop friendships themselves.
Soccer4All utilizes many young volunteers called Soccer Buddies. Buddies are middle and high school players from the Dover Schools soccer program who assist the Soccer4All players and coaches. In many cases, players are paired up one-on-one with a buddy to offer individualized direction and support.
The players are grouped according to ability and age. There is a coach for each group. The size of the group depends on the number of children that sign up for the session.
VERY IMPORTANT: At least one parent or legal guardian needs to be present at all times for every session without exception.
The coaches for Soccer4All are all volunteers, have background checks, have completed the required concussion training, and are part of the DSA organization. Throughout the season, other DSA competitive coaches may be assisting.
Director of Soccer4All
Lisa coached in the Dover Soccer Association for 7 years. She decided that she wanted to do something involving children with special needs. Lisa has had experience working with Hudson United Soccer4All and she loves the game.
DHS Varsity coach 1993-2007. DSA president 2005 - present. 24 years teacher Dover City Schools. Teaches P.E. at East School. Wife Jean and son Johnny.
Equipment Manager / Coach
Rick has helped with Soccer4All for the last 2 years. He has been involved in Dover Youth Sports for 20 years.
Graduated Walsh University December 2014 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education and a Reading Endorsement. Teaches special ed in a Mutiple Disabilities classroom and works part time at Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.
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The Budget, 2018
She shared that the program is something her son looks forward to every season, and it’s also been a good way to get him to spend some time having fun outdoors. “This is a wonderful opportunity to get him out and going,” she said. “It’s a good safe environment for him to be with his peers and not feel different.”
Times Reporter, 2014
With a vision and support from the Dover Soccer Association (DSA), a dream is about to be realized [...] Stilgenbauer, who has been involved with the DSA for seven years, feels it’s time for Tuscarawas County to get involved in offering more outdoor physical activities for children with disabilities.
Bargain Hunter, 2014
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and thanks to efforts by Dover resident Lisa Stilgenbauer, it is now accessible to even more children in the region.
Bargain Hunter, 2015
“The whole purpose is to get children into a sport they normally wouldn’t be able to play, and, just as importantly, to give parents the experience of sitting on the sidelines, watching their children having fun.”
Dover High School Crimsonian, Vol 50 Issue 1
“When the players got their medals their faces lit up with joy. Coaching taught me to not focus on the little things but to focus on the big picture which is to have fun.”
If you or your company is interested in being a sponsor, please email Lisa Stilgenbauer at email@example.com. The Dover Soccer Association is non-profit tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization.