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In today’s news, we are reminding of a health bomb that will explode as children today are not working enough.

There are many competing distractions from our kids, video games, endless channels to watch, that can lead to sitting down if not caught.

Soccer is a great game, played by millions of children (ages six to 18) on many continents, the beaches, the roads, or a local park, you will find someone kicking the ball around.

In today’s society, there has been a shift in the formal practice of soccer for our youth players. Gone are the days of jumpers on goalposts, as the streets are lined with cars and thatched-roof houses have built on them.

Young players get organized development and education who develop their technical skills with the ball and organize small side games to provide a complete learning experience.

Today the time is limited so there may only be an hour or two given to the practice of soccer during the week, what happens when the practice is over? Getting your child involved in a formal school or club can bring great benefits to you and your child.

Soccer can help boost your child’s confidence, enabling his or her speech to improve his or her performance. But soccer is not the only winner, it is often clear that academic performance can go up!

Studies have shown that putting children in soccer at an early age promotes a real lifestyle in relation to the sport and this attitude continues with them in adult life. The first reason why kids play soccer is fun; if the ball is fun and exciting the players will want to keep playing. This benefits their strengths and reduces their health risks.

Soccer is being ridiculed by coaches around the world who volunteer their time to organize youth soccer games and coaching teams.

Gone are the days when football, for young players, was 11 offshore with offside rules and no longer touch of the ball.

Soccer from the ages of 6 to 11 is all about having fun, playing small side matches like 4 v 4 without goalkeepers, and meeting players on the field.

By playing soccer and encouraging children to exercise daily can reduce the risk of any heart diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. Childhood obesity is reported to have risen more than 50% since 1976, a fact that is alarming.

Involving your child in soccer is not just about improving his or her health. We have already talked about progress in school.

Social benefits, such as meeting others, working as a team, contributing individual effort to a common goal, coping with ups and downs, competing, aiming to win, and helping others are all results of football.

Many of the life skills learned by soccer players are useful in later life, how to build relationships, develop a sense of teamwork, punctuality, all important qualities that will help athletes in adult life.

If your child is already playing soccer, that’s fine. But what can you do if you want to include your child in your local soccer team?

Here are the seven best steps you can take to begin the process for mediation.

1) What level of commitment is needed with regard to practice sessions and weekends?

2) What are the training times? When games are played, in what format and how much time will you need to donate?

3) How far are you willing to go to train and compare? Some clubs will use travel groups where distances can be seen, including overnight stops.

 4) What are the costs involved? Some clubs get paid when you play, others are more organized. The most expensive clubs are not always the best, ask yourself if your pay is equal to what your child is getting?

5) What do you and your child want besides playing football? Does this need to be aligned with the existing group philosophy, is it about having fun or winning?

6) How much better will your child learn, develop and stay motivated? Are they just happy to be involved or will they succeed in a more competitive environment?

7) What is the constitution of the teams and the philosophy in soccer, the knowledge of the coaches, the place, the institutions, etc.

With the above questions in mind, what are your next steps to find the right club or football association for your child?

You can …

  1. Contact your local Soccer Association by searching the web or by looking at the yellow pages. They should be able to provide you with a list of groups and organizations in your area.
  2.  Ask other parents/guardians about small and youth soccer teams. You will be amazed at how many adults or children are involved.
  3.  Encourage your children to ask your schoolmates where they play their football. Getting to know some of the team can be a real benefit as players join the team.
  4. Ask the teacher or principal of your child’s form if there are any clubs or organizations that know. Many clubs have built good relationships with schools over the years.

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