Youth Football

11970109012011041409 (1)One of the best values that football (or American soccer) brings to the world is the understanding of a hero, particularly to very young people. But that’s not all: children love to play football and it’s really good for them: it’s a healthy social activity, it enables them to perfect physical skills and there are few self-esteem boosts as fabulous as playing in a real team.

Why, Really, Do Children Love Soccer?

While child psychologists, sports gurus, and paediatricians might give you a whole range of academic and solemn explanations as to the do’s and don’ts of having your child play football, the main reason they love it, is because… It’s fun. And arguably, not even artificial trophies such as gold stars are a substitute for doing something that you really love. This is also the best way to develop real skills.

Fun and Instincts All The Way!

Manchester United Academy’s Tom Statham says that there’s one basic difference between adult football players and very young ones and that is love. Kids’ football is about experimenting and testing possibilities. It’s about copying what others are doing, and dribbling and shooting for all you’re worth, regardless of whether you’re facing the wrong direction or miss the goal posts entirely. Grown up football is all about the stakes and the results. Do you agree?

Who’s The Best Teacher of Them All?

In many respects, if you have children or coach children in youth football, a sage piece of advice is to let the game itself be the teacher. What we mean is you should focus less on the strategy and the what ifs of the game and let them just go ahead and play. Children like a page full of words even less than adults do. And there’s no better way of suffocating a young person’s enthusiasm for a thing than with overkill and too much information.

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