Benefits of Youth Soccer

Easy to learn, doesn’t discriminate, great exercise
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More than 18 million children participate in soccer leagues and programs each year, making it the most popular and fastest-growing youth sport in the United States today, according to the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA). Why is it so popular? Here are three reasons:
1. It’s easy to learn. Children don’t need to be taught to run or kick a ball (okay, running and kicking in the right direction does take some work), and the object of knocking the ball through a goal is simple to grasp. And soccer’s fast pace allows it to hold the attention of kids who would frequently get bored playing other sports. Kids as young as 4 years old can participate — albeit with a smaller ball and on a smaller field than older children.

2. It doesn’t discriminate. Boys and girls of all shapes and sizes can play.

3. It’s an excellent form of exercise. Its continuous action helps kids build stamina, strengthen their heart and muscles, and develop coordination. Soccer can also help keep kids fit and trim — an important benefit now that one in every five children in


America is overweight. Studies show that children who play organized sports, such as soccer, at an early age are more likely than non-athletes to adopt healthy habits that stick for life.
Some of the physical benefits include:
 Cardiovascular endurance
 Muscle strength
 Flexibility
 Coordination
 Balance
 Weight control

Other benefits include the development of social traits such as discipline, teamwork, leadership, fairness and self-esteem.

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