Of course, sports are excellent for any child to play. The benefits and development outweigh the reasons not to play. However, as a parent, you worry about your child’s physical health and wellbeing. You may be worried that you don’t want your child to become injured. But that is one of the great things about youth soccer. It is predominately a non-contact sport, for kids, don’t think professional just yet.
Soccer is an excellent team sport that creates competition in a fun non-aggressive way. So, if you are worried about your child and physical injury, don’t be. It is perfect for running around on the field, being a part of a team, making new friends, and developing essential life qualities.
Here are some more reasons to pique your interest for your child to play soccer.
You Can Play Soccer Anywhere
Soccer can be basically played anywhere. All you need is a ball. It can be played on a condensed field to your likening. You can play on the beach, grass, or concrete. You can play one-on-one or five on five. You can practice skills and play in your backyard. You can even create a mini goal with two sticks. What’s most important about playing soccer anywhere is it makes playing and running around fun, not just running around aimlessly like you child enjoys doing. It is a structural way to play, simple and easy.
Soccer Teaches Coordination More Than Other Sports
In soccer, you have to learn coordination and perception through your feet. It is not something other sports do. You have to learn how hard to kick or pass the ball. You have to learn how to use your feet to do tricks and juggle. Coordination comes easier with your hands, but it is something you need to learn with your feet. Not everyone can do it unless they play. So, playing soccer develops the brain in a similar but different way.
Soccer Is Exercise For The Body And Brian
Playing soccer provides regular fun and physical activity. And that translates into exercise for your child. Your child’s brain and body are still developing, and soccer is a great way to improve and enhance their fitness and cognitive ability. Playing soccer will:
- Improve their concentration, focus, memory, and cognitive skills. This is great to improve memory retention for studying and test-taking.
- Improve your child’s social skills and the ability to make friends.
- Create good behavior in the classroom.
- Increase your child’s energy and enhance their mood to be happy and positive.
- Motivate your child to want to play better and improve their skills. This will also help improve their grades in school, and they will want to learn more.
Soccer Helps You Learn Teamwork
Soccer is a sport where the team really needs to work together. For example, you have to understand how to free yourself from the opponent. You have to pass the ball to another teammate. Or assist your teammate in scoring. It is a sport that teaches selflessness, how to give, not be selfish, and work as a team.
Soccer Teaches Perseverance
Perseverance is an important skill. When a child develops this quality, it develops their personality. It is an important leadership quality. Furthermore, it is the foundation of motivation and inspiration. Perseverance is the drive to keep moving forward and understanding that difficulty, delay, or failure is a part of the process to success.
There is more to soccer than just shooting, passing, and kicking the ball. However, it is a great way to instill qualities like perseverance, teamwork, selflessness, and respect. Make soccer fun. Soccer is a sport that really will develop your child’s brain, physical movement, and health. It will create many positive experiences for your child’s development in school and life.