30. September 2015 · Comments Off on Should Your Kids Play Soccer? · Categories: Kid Sports

Why Playing Soccer Matters For Kids

Wondering which sport you should enroll your kids in? If you want them to have a well-rounded sports experience, you may consider soccer. With soccer, they’ll learn essential physical skills like running quickly, jumping high, hand-eye coordination and much more!

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Just about any sport or physical activity will help to develop physical literacy and good movement skills. However, if you had to pick one sport that developed the most skills and capacities, it would have to be soccer.

Even at the basic levels of development, physical literacy includes a long list of fundamental movement skills.

The most essential of these — out of hundreds — are generally accepted to be running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, hopping, skipping, galloping, and dodging.

These skills are based in turn on a foundation of physical capacities called the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, coordination, and speed.

So how does soccer rate on these points? Extraordinarily well, as it turns out.

ABCs

Agility, balance, coordination, and speed are closely connected to the development of the central nervous system (CNS) in early childhood.

The bodies of preschool children are silently waiting for precisely the kind of stimulation that will get the CNS preparing and adapting for the ABCs.

As it happens, quick changes of direction and diversity of movement are intrinsic to soccer, so the simple act of playing the game provides the perfect stimuli to help children to develop these capacities.

Jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping, and dodging

When your child plays soccer, there are a lot of other players on the field who want to frustrate their efforts to run and play the ball.

Consequently, the game demands that kids do a lot of jumping and dodging to evade opponents.

It also demands that they hop, skip, and even gallop at times as they change speed and adjust their stride to avoid players and change direction.

– via Active For Life

Is Soccer The Best Team Sport?

If you’re a soccer lover chances are you think it’s the best team sport in the world. If this is the case, you’re not alone. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and for good reason. Here are just a few!

Popularity

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world in terms of player numbers. According to the 2006 FIFA Big Count, there were 265 million soccer players in the world, 270 million when referees and match officials were included.

Support

With so many registered soccer players across the globe, it's not surprising that soccer has more fans worldwide than any other sport. If you want to become a globally recognized sport star, soccer is a better option than football.

Inexpensive

Soccer players don't need to spend large amounts of money on equipment. The two most costly items are soccer cleats and a ball, and neither need be overly expensive. A jersey, shorts and shin guards are the only other requirements. Football players must buy a large number of protective items for competitive play.

Easy to Learn

It doesn't take long to learn the basics of soccer. The rules are straightforward and easily defined, with only a few regulations — such as the offside rule, leaving much room for confusion. Football is a more complex sport in terms of set plays and regulations.

– via www.kidsprosoccer.com

Do your kids love soccer? What kind of sports skills have they learned by playing?

 

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