Playing soccer has numerous benefits, both mentally and physically. Starting your child out young can form a solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Health benefits

Soccer is a fantastically fun game and typically the child doesn’t even how it is helping to physically. Such health benefits include:

  • increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health
  • lowers body fat and improves muscle tone
  • builds strength, flexibility and endurance
  • increases muscle and bone strength
  • improved health due to shifts between walking, running and sprinting.

Other benefits

Soccer offers so much more than a good workout. For example it:

  • is generally a non-contact sport
  • teaches coordination
  • promotes teamwork and sharing
  • teaches you to think on-the-go
  • helps to increase skills in concentration, persistence and self-discipline
  • is a great way to meet people and exercise with friends
  • can provide an opportunity to increase your confidence and self-esteem, and help to reduce anxiety
  • requires very little equipment so can be played in the backyard or park
  • is relatively easy to learn, so beginners can easily join in on the fun and play basic soccer for recreation