During the summer of 2014, to honor the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I decided to put together a list showing some of the benefits of playing soccer. Once you read this list, which is certainly not exhaustive, you can clearly see why soccer is the #1 sport in the world! FIFA World Cup took over all forms of media, especially social media. The frenzy was observed in parks, restaurants, stores, well, let’s face it, EVERYWHERE! Now, I have never been a big professional soccer fan (I’m sorry!), but even I found myself swept up in the excitement and action.
There are so many benefits of playing soccer, but first let me tell you some benefits of watching soccer together as a family:
- Promotes family bonding
- Increases focus and attention
- Helps children learn about countries around the world
- Enhances social connections and interactions
- Allows for friendly competition
Fall 2013, was the first time I entered into the world of soccer. I never played as a kid, even though I really wanted to. I was so excited for my son to play; however, as all parents know, things don’t always go as planned. Although my son LOVED practice, when it came to games, well, he just stood there. Despite this experience, my son continued to ask when he will get to play soccer again! Even though my son was not the star, not even close, I still found so many benefits in this exciting sport.
10 Benefits for Playing Soccer
Helps kids stay fit and healthy: Playing soccer is great exercise that improves cardiovascular health, increases coordination, improves strength and enhances flexibility.
Involves teamwork: Soccer players have to work together as a team in order be successful. Teamwork is a skill needed to be successful in school, work and family!
Improves gross motor skills: This is especially important for kids that are weak in this area. It helps strengthen core muscles which allows kids be more physically active thus more healthy!
Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem: Playing a sport, such as soccer, helps kids gain confidence in themselves. They become more comfortable learning new things and performing in front of a crowd. Of course scoring a goal helps too!
Increases social interactions: Since soccer is a team sport, it requires players to communicate through a variety of ways. Players also have to learn how to work together and communicate effectively in order to be successful.
Increases concentration and focus: Playing soccer involves a great deal of focus and attention in order to be successful. Players need to always be aware and alert throughout the game or they will miss important plays and opportunities.
Competition creates motivation and drive: When kids are motivated and driven, they become more successful students and adults.
Involves work ethic and responsibility: Being an athlete requires a certain level of responsibility to your team, your coaches and yourself. Playing sports also requires a good work ethic or success will not be within reach.
Promotes cognitive development: Playing soccer helps kids enhance their visual-spatial awareness as well as problem solving skills. The fast pace of soccer makes kids think quickly and respond. This improves cognitive flexibility.
It’s fun! It is so important for kids to LOVE the sport they play. Soccer is fun and exciting which is why it is one the most popular sport in the world!