5 Reasons Why Soccer is the Best Sport for Your Kid

Global popularity, minimal equipment, ease of training, fitness-health, and an agile mind, are some of the top reasons as to why you should encourage your kid to play soccer.

Besides, the sport can be played literally anywhere. From your home’s backyard, beach area, to your neighborhood park, you can be sure they will have lots of fun while at it.

Not convinced yet? Here are some of the most incredible reasons as to why you should consider introducing your kids to soccer:

Global Popularity

There’s no denying that Soccer is currently one of the most popular global sport. Anyone in any part of the world can easily relate to it. And although it might go by different names in various parts of the world, the admirable attributes of the sport remain, and that’s what’s important.

Over the years, we have seen a raising in the number of soccer fans. And with the immense growth being witnessed in the digital world, things can only get better.

What does that mean to your kid? More opportunities for professional growth! If they can sharpen their playing skills, then they can dream of a solid career in soccer.

They can play for any soccer club across the world and get the chance to interact with great soccer legends.  Great men and women who have shaped the industry with their art of playing. Who doesn’t want that?

Accommodates Both Genders

Soccer is for everyone. Therefore, anyone with a burning desire to be in the field can play it.

So, if you have been wondering whether the game will be a perfect fit for your seemingly sporty girl, then you got the answer.

Girls can also play soccer as well as boys do. Sometimes, even better. It’s often said that what a man can do, a woman can do even better. So quit doubting and support that girl-child dream.

Remember Lupita Nyong’o once said “All dreams are valid!” A willing mind can achieve anything. Be their support system.

A boy or girl, what does it matter if they want to play? Let them have the thrill!

Minimal Equipment

Soccer is one of the most popular sports that you can play with minimal possible equipment. All you need is a soccer ball, the players and the field.

You don’t have to enroll your kid in a sports academy for this, right? Well, at least not in the beginning.

So if you’re operating on a tight budget and don’t want your kid to be left out, get creative on your backyard. They will love to help out. And you will be mesmerized at how creative they can get.

Remember, can play soccer on any of the playground, of any dimension. Use a marker to draw the playing area and you will be good to go.

If the resources permit, you can purchase soccer goals so that you can be able to practice at your backyard with your kid before sending them out to the world. This’s the best way to boost their confidence when laying with other children.

Or simply let loose your creative mind and make use of whatever you got to create the goalposts. It could be leftover bricks, wood or chalk. Whatever works for you both, is good enough.

Ease of Training

Ever wondered why most people are enthusiastic about learning how to play soccer? Well, it’s very easy to master and train.

The rules are flexible. Be it for club level, school and college levels, league levels, etc.

Of course, the USSF, FIFA UEFA, and AFC have set up global rules which are common for all levels and guess what? They’re easily accessible online.

Also, learning about Soccer rules and techniques is very simple. No headaches here.

The number of soccer coaches across the USA and the rest of the world are numerous. You just have to source out the best for your kid and they will be spreading their professional wings within no time.

Fitness and Health

Apart from swimming, soccer is the only sport that guarantees complete body fitness.

Your kid will get to run, tackle, sweat, lung, kick, feed, jump, twist, etc.

Consequently, Soccer improves cardiovascular health, muscle fitness, spinal health, detox, and many other healthy processes related to the internal organs.

Soccer players and other athletes are ranked as being almost free from most of the health and fitness-related ailments. And you would also want that for your child.

Agile Mind

The techniques used in soccer to attack, defend, score, and control are the best mind exercises you can find. They can train your kid’s mind to focus, think sharp, make logical decisions, take instant action, and become a leader.

Leadership quality development is a training program that is readily and freely available for soccer players. So you don’t have to pay heavily for your child to attend the high-tech seminars and workshops conducted by HR and leadership experts.

It’s a double win for both of you. They become all-round shaped individuals, while you get to save on the training.

Also, real-time decision making and risk facing are the other two qualities your child can develop from playing soccer.

It teaches them how to control the mind because they will be focusing on how to control the ball across the length and breadth of the field.

This way, they keep themselves away from stressful situations and focus on what’s important. Peace of mind is vital for their overall growth.


The above reasons are just examples of how playing soccer can positively impact your kid’s life.

Mind and body coordination becomes perfect while playing soccer. Team spirit and the sanity to respect the opponents, while playing an attacking game are some of the amazing traits of soccer players.

So, for these reasons and others we could not mention here, soccer will undoubtedly make a perfect sport choice for your kid.

Make an effort to expose them to this sport at an early age and let them decide if they like it as a profession or hobby. Remember, good things happen willingly, so don’t force. Only Initiate.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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