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Why Your Child Should Play Soccer

Originally published on KeithKiecker.net

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Playing sports can provide a number of benefits for children, even at a young age. Of the available school and recreational teams, soccer is one of the best sports for a child to play. From physical benefits to social and emotional development opportunities, youth soccer teams are great for keeping your child active and supporting their overall health and growth.

Fitness

For children, getting enough physical activity is essential for maintaining good health and developing essential skills. Soccer is great for both of these tasks. From conditioning drills to actual matches, soccer provides ample opportunities to exercise, develop strong cardiovascular capabilities, improve coordination, and enhance gross motor skills.

Teamwork

Unlike sports like tennis or golf, soccer demands efficient and effective teamwork. While there are opportunities to distinguish oneself by shooting or defending a goal shot, a majority of soccer is devoted to cooperation and connection with other players. Teamwork is essential in sports as well in life; learning to work well with others while playing soccer translates into good social skills and conflict resolution abilities.

Confidence

Learning new skills is a great way for children to gain more confidence. When playing soccer, children must push themselves to learn and improve in order to play more often and earn recognition. Soccer requires an element of public performance, further encouraging improvement and confidence. Having confidence is key for achieving success in academic and professional pursuits.

Competition

In addition to confidence, having a competitive spirit is also an important trait for future professionals. Soccer instills competitive spirit alongside an inclination towards teamwork which allows for individual drive with a team-oriented mindset. This attitude is productive in soccer when the team has an overarching goal and in a more academic or professional setting.

Connections

Participating in a youth sports team allows your child to connect with other children and make new friends. Sharing a common interest or passion and working toward developing skills together presents a unique opportunity to make lasting connections. Even if the relationships your child makes on the soccer team aren’t long-lasting, communicating with other children and learning how to effectively connect with others is an invaluable lesson.

Soccer is an excellent extracurricular activity for children. Enrolling your child in a soccer team presents them with opportunities to develop essential skills and practices that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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