October 4th, 2009 by Admin
As young children develop motor skills, they are naturally drawn to the challenges of playing with, and controlling, a ball. And not only does soccer provide these challenges, but at the same time it develops endurance, strength, coordination skills, cognitive ability, and social lessons. And to play a good game of soccer, a child needs a positive attitude and tactical understanding of the games ebb and flow.
What children learn on a soccer field, helps them in other social environments:
• Children learn to play according to the rules of the game, and this lesson transfers not only to other sports, but to other social settings.
• By gaining better coordination through the many physical requirements of soccer, children learn to judge, determine and use their sporting talents successfully.
• In soccer children are forced to stop acting egocentrically and learn to be socially dependent.
• Due to its world wide popularity, soccer, more than other sports, lets children relate to other children across cultural boundaries. This can contribute to a more tolerant world view in later life.
Soccer encourages several physiological conditions. First there is endurance: children develop a relatively high aerobic-anaerobic threshold as their bodies must learn to run with or without the ball over prolonged periods of time. Children learn that strength, the ability to kick the ball hard and fast, is crucial in soccer. And soon they will have internalized the old soccer wisdom that you might not be able to win a soccer game with strength and endurance alone but they do enable you to prevent defeat!