At the age of five, my daughter started soccer. She was a statue for about six months, and eventually became a cherry picker, until she scored her first goal. That same day, she scored three more, and a soccer player was born. Two years later, she absolutely loves soccer, and I love all the benefits she gains from playing on a soccer team!
Currently, approximately 1,800,000 youngsters participate in youth soccer leagues in the U.S. The reason soccer has become such a popular sport for youth is because children like to participate in activities where they can succeed. And, there is a place for all children in soccer, at every level and any position. There are also important medical and psychological benefits to playing soccer, as well.
Soccer at the J is a great place to start, and there are so many benefits to playing, as follows:
• Playing soccer stimulates cardiovascular fitness and develops agility better than any other sport. The average soccer player runs about seven miles during a game, which is certainly not the case in baseball or football. The continuous action of soccer makes it an excellent way of getting aerobic exercise.
• Soccer develops social skills at an earlier age. Players quickly learn they are most successful when they work together as a team and develop meaningful bonds with their fellow players.
• Communication is also quickly learned because it is key for when players support each other from various positions around the field.
• Confidence building: Soccer training can also benefit a child’s self-confidence because players must work together as a team to be successful. Additionally, because less athletically inclined children can develop their skill in a friendly team environment.
Youth soccer training should be considered by all parents trying to keep their children on a healthy track while giving them the ability to learn valuable life lessons about teamwork, self-confidence, and communication.
At the J, Tamir Linhart Golden Boot Soccer is celebrating 18 years of soccer training! This fall, Golden Boot will offer a variety of training programs for youth players ages 3–18 including Lil’ Boots, Player Development, Art of Scoring Goals, Goalkeeper Training, Speed & Agility, High School Prep, Cogno-Motoric and Cogno-Technical. The programs are run by Golden Boot’s professional soccer coaches. J members receive a special discount. For more information, click here.