If you are looking for a sport for your children that is safe, fun and low cost, look no further than soccer. Soccer is arguably the world’s most popular team sport. This is due in large part because it requires very little equipment or training. If you are contemplating soccer as an activity for your child, here are a few of the benefits you can expect.
When teaching your kids how to play soccer, make sure they learn how to dribble. Many learn by simply kicking the ball ahead and chasing after it, but this doesn’t provide any control and allow the opponent to steal it. Have them run slow and use different parts of their feet to maintain the ball in front of them. Teach them to stop it on one spot with a gentle tap down on the top of the ball when dribbling to set it up for a pass.
You need to make decisions quickly when you play. If you hesitate for a second, you are taking the risk to lose the ball. Making fast decisions will become easier as you practice and get to know the players on your team. Always scan the field to see what other players are doing even if you do not have the ball.
Try using the element of surprise on your opponents. Try not to make your moves so obvious. For example, try putting the ball near the back of the previous defending line while your teammate runs to receive your assistance. Then, try changing your running rhythm, starting quick until your opponent comes at you, then stopping. They’ll stop too, which gives you time to increase your pace again, so that they’re left anchored.
Long distance runs during the off season could help increase stamina during the season. Most soccer players run approximately 8 miles in each soccer game. Running helps increase your soccer stamina and can eliminate the need for excessive breaks.
Having read this article it’s time to find a local soccer club or school program and get your kids started. Studies have shown that kids who play team sports do better in school and tend to stay out of trouble. Couple that with the valuable skills and the excellent exercise they’ll get from playing and the benefits are obvious.