Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are a couple of greats where soccer is concerned.
And even millions of ordinary people around the world engage in the sport, too. Some even go to the extent of taking original supplements to help them perform better and tone their muscles. That’s how awesome it is!
If your kids are yet to be playing soccer, here are some reasons to let them get started on it.
1 – Patience
The sport teaches them patience. And as the classic saying goes, “patience is a virtue”.
Learning the said value is important for kids because it allows them to go into the world as a much better person. With patience, they will know how to wait.
It’s like when team players need to pass the ball around first to make sure the opponent doesn’t “steal” it. But if your kid refuses to pass the ball around. Instead, he goes ahead and kicks for goal, there will be a big chance the opponent will steal it.
By applying that particular lesson, they will understand that they can’t just have something as soon as they want it. Rather, they should wait for the situations to go in their favor before they actually take it.
2 – Strong Work Ethic
Soccer also teaches kids the importance of discipline if you encourage them to attend practice sessions regularly. Like the value of patience, discipline teaches them to wait and in the process work hard.
It teaches them that if they want something, it can be theirs for the taking. But that would only be the case if they deserve it – if they’re excellent, motivated, and steadfast.
3 – Leadership
If you want your kids to be great leaders someday, a way to go at it is to let them play soccer.
For one, the sport coaches them to be a team player. It teaches them to watch their teammates and always have their backs.
For another, it shapes them to be brilliant role models. It helps them behave accordingly so that the people in their team will follow.
As you can see, soccer will help you with your kids. If they’re at a phase when there are too many misdemeanors coming from their end, you should take the initiative to call them out for their problematic behavior.
A good thing about the situation is that you’re dealing with kids – and you can shape them into the persons you want them to be.
If you want, you may even encourage them to take up other sports, too. Teach them to play basketball and/or swimming, perhaps?