Benefits of Kids Soccer – Communication, Discipline and Fitness


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    By: ActivityTree

    18 million kids can’t be wrong!  That is how many children participate in soccer programs in the U.S. each year. Soccer is popular for good reason. It’s a fantastic way to get your children active, teach them valuable lessons about being a part of a team and community, and help them develop self discipline and respect for others. 

    Have Fun Getting Fit
    Soccer at any age involves a great deal of running, stopping, starting and kicking.  It should be no surprise that this kind of activity would result in health benefits.  In fact, a 2010 study, published by the University of Copenhagen, concluded that playing soccer for 2-3 hours per week results in significantly improved cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal health. According to the study, the improvements were comparable to those seen by a group who jogged for a similar about of time per week.  Not to mention that playing soccer is a whole lot more fun!

    Be Part of the Team and Stay Fit For Life
    Perhaps as important as staying fit is the opportunity for a child to acquire news skills as the member of a team.  Soccer's team format develops awareness of others and communication skills.  As the ball is being dribbled and passed down the field, each child must be aware of their teammates and opponents.  They must also effectively communicate their next moves to teammates.  Highly skilled soccer players develop ways to communicate with teammates without even speaking.  This type of communication develops strong relationships among soccer teammates.  In addition, a child's participation in soccer fosters a sense a sense of community that is proven to increase the likelihood that players will stick with the sport and remain physically active throughout life.  Soccer teammates have been known to continue playing soccer together for decades.

    Develop Discipline and Respect
    Soccer is not a game of force, but rather a game of strategy and finesse.  Unlike basketball or other high scoring games, soccer demands a certain level of patience and persistence.  Once a child has acquired these skills he or she can apply them to any area of life.  Each child on a team demonstrates their own skill set, some are more talented at dribbling and scoring, while others are better at defense.  Children learn to appreciate and respect the skills of their teammates as they work together to reach their common goal. 

    A Game for All Ages, Shapes and Sizes
    Soccer is easy to learn.  At a basic level, it involves running and kicking a ball, skills even a 3 year old possesses. You don’t have to be tall, fit or even particularly coordinated to take advantage of the benefits of soccer.  All you need is a ball and an open space.  Opportunities to play soccer in a more organized way are offered by community athletic associations, soccer associations, the YMCA and schools.  Soccer is one of the most inclusive sports offering a soccer team to fit everyone, whether it is a preschool team, recreational team, competitive team or a team for children with special needs. 

    So what are you waiting for?  Today is a great day to kick off your child’s participation in soccer!

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