Today’s media reminds us of a health bomb about to explode because children aren’t active enough.
If not controlled, there are many distractions that can distract our children’s attention. Video games, endless channels, and video games can all lead to a sedentary lifestyle.
Soccer is the beautiful sport, enjoyed by millions of boys and girls (ages 6-18) all over the world. Whether it’s in the streets of Rio or the back alleys near major cities, you will always find someone playing soccer.
Today’s society has seen a shift towards more organized soccer practices for youth players. No more jumping for the goal posts! Streets are now littered with cars, and grass verges have houses built on top.
A structured approach can be both good and bad. Young players benefit from a structured learning environment. Volunteers are available to help them with everything, from how to properly warm up to how to use the ball correctly to how to develop their skills and how to organize small-sided games. This will give them a complete learning experience.
Because of the limited time available, structured soccer practice may only be possible for a few hours during the week. What happens after practice ends?
You and your child can reap the benefits of joining an organized soccer club or school.
Soccer can boost your child’s self-esteem and help them talk positively about themselves. This will ultimately drive their performance. However, soccer is not the only winner. Academic performance can often increase.
Studies show that young children who are involved in soccer from an early age can have a positive attitude about the game, which they carry with them throughout their lives.
Fun is the number one reason children play soccer. If soccer is enjoyable and fun, then they will continue to play. This improves their fitness and lowers their risk of developing heart disease.
The best thing about coaching soccer is the joy it brings to others.
For the most part, soccer is no longer an 11-a-side game for young players. There are no offside rules. The ball is not touched for long periods.
Youth soccer is for children aged 6-11. It’s about having fun and playing small-sided matches like 4 v 4, with no goalkeepers. This encourages lots of touch of the ball as well as player interaction.
Many risk factors associated with heart disease, such as obesity and diabetes, can be significantly reduced by encouraging kids to play soccer and encourage them to exercise regularly. This is a scary fact.
Soccer is good for your child’s health. Already, we’ve already mentioned the positive effects on school.
Playing soccer has many benefits. These include social benefits like the ability to mix with others, work in a team, contribute individually to a common goal, sharing the highs and lows of the game, helping each other, supporting one another, and encouraging them to succeed.
The soccer skills players acquire are key to their adult lives. They will be able to build and maintain relationships, develop a sense and sense of co-operation and lead others.
It’s great if your child already plays soccer. What can you do if your child wants to join a local soccer club? These are seven questions you and your child must ask when trying to find the right club.
1) How committed are you to practice sessions and weekend games?
2) When will the training sessions be held? 2) When will the games be played? What format is it and how long do you need to dedicate?
3) How far would you be willing to travel to train and match? Many clubs have travel teams that can travel long distances, even overnight stops.
4) What are the costs? Some clubs offer pay-as-you-play, while others have a more structured approach. You don’t always get the best clubs for the most money. Ask yourself if what you are paying is equivalent to the benefits your child is receiving.
5) What are you and your child looking forward to from playing soccer? This should be in line with the club’s philosophy. Is it about winning or having fun?
6) How will your child learn, grow and remain interested in learning? Do they want to be active or are they more happy being involved?
7) What is the club’s constitution and philosophy? How long have they been around? What are the experiences of the coaches?
After you’ve answered the above questions, what next steps should you take to find a soccer club for your child?