5 Social & Physical Benefits of Soccer Playing For Your Toddler

5 Social & Physical Benefits of Soccer Playing For Your Toddler

5 Social & Physical Benefits of Soccer Playing For Your Toddler

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Even if you yourself were never a soccer player, you might notice a trend among parents with young children who flock to the soccer sign up sheets. Although you might not be a soccer expert yourself—or you might come to find that your child isn't either—there are still loads of benefits that you and your kid can receive from enrolling at your local recreational soccer team.

 

Your child doesn't have to be the star of the team to reap the benefits, either—she or he can simply enjoy the game (and the halftime snacks). Either way, they'll still get introduced to certain characteristics of the sport that will last much longer than this year’s U-4 Spring Season.

 

Here are 5 benefits of soccer training for your toddler.

 

Introduce Them to a Healthy Lifestyle: Not only does soccer introduce them to the knowledge of what makes a healthy lifestyle—from cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, and coordination but it also shows them that life also takes a good work ethic and responsibility. Even if you might not consider them an athlete at this point, they might flourish into one, which beings a whole load of lessons, from owning up to the responsibility to your team, your coaches and yourself and maintaining perseverance in practice and in games.

 

Teaches About Teamwork: This sport, just like all team sports will teach your toddler how to interact with others and work with them towards a specific goal. Teamwork is a skill that your child will need to be successful in life, whether it’s in school, work and in your family!

 

Targets Their Motor Skills and Focus: For your toddler, this is the time where they're motor skills both fine and gross will be worked on. Soccer can focus on their core muscles and fine motor skills to hit the ball in the right direction. It also makes them focus and attention on not only the goal but the game—it’s not a simple “see ball, kick ball” sport.

 

Develops their Self-Confidence: From an early age on, children will develop their self-confidence, from every milestone in the sport itself to playing in front of a “crowd”. It also gives them a little taste of motivation and a sense of competition—especially when they're rewarded with scoring!

 

Boosts Their Brain: Playing soccer taps into their cognitive development by centering on their growth of visual-spatial awareness and learning about problem-solving. It also increases their cognitive flexibility at such a young age.

 

Not only does soccer come with all these benefits—it’s also a fun and exciting sport that your child will enjoy and have the opportunity to make friends!

 

Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.

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