How to Teach Your Child to Play  Soccer With No Prior Knowledge

How to Teach Your Child to Play Soccer With No Prior Knowledge

How to Teach Your Child to Play Soccer With No Prior Knowledge

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Especially if you have never played soccer a day in your life and have absolutely no interest in the sport, it might be hard to bite the bullet and become the exceptional soccer mom or dad. Of course, since it is for your child, you're willing to do everything and anything to help them out!

 

So here are a few tips to help your child succeed in soccer regardless if you know what the offsides rule is about or even which goal your child should be heading to (no shame!):

 

  • Make sure your kid stays hydrated by packing a large bottle of water and even have a sports drink on hand for afterward.
  • Depending on the age of your kid, make sure they have the proper soccer ball size and if they are to bring their own, write their name in legible permanent marker (in multiple places) so that they will always find their ball among the pack. If you want—get a very colorful ball easy to pick out.
  • Keep them well-fed and energized before practice by giving them proper nutrition and always keep a snack handy in the car or in a bag (theirs or yours), just in case!
  • Do not be late to practice—or at least try not to make a habit of it! Not only does this teach your child proper lessons for life, it will give them enough time to get ready with all their gear and get to the right field before practice begins. It will also help their relationship with the coach and other teammates.
  • When you first sign up, make sure you're at least there for the first day—walk them up to the right field, coach, and team.
  • Watch a practice or two! Even though you might not have any interest in soccer, it’ll be nice for your child to have a visual representation of you supporting them.
  • If you can’t make it or stay for the entire practice, try your best to pick them up when it ends. If not, this will cause all kinds of confusion and will also make the coach have to stay later too—and they have lives outside of the soccer field!
  • Don’t be a bad example of a soccer parent by bad-mouthing the other team—cheer for good soccer.
  • A tip for your car and for your child’s safety: have them remove their cleats at the field and always bring an extra pair of shoes (sandals, flip-flops, sneakers), so that not only will this eliminate the chance of your child slipping on concrete but will keep your car floor clean.
  • Develop a fail-proof system and routine that will help your child, not you, prepare for practice and gather all the necessary items and gear.

 

It’s also possible to be a good team parent, too, even if you aren't assigned to do so. You can always:

 

  • Pack and up and help the coach carry the equipment to his or her car
  • Volunteer with paperwork, lining the fields, coordinating snacks, and organization.
  • Be on hand with ice or if you have the prior medical knowledge, you can be the “team doctor”.

 

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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