We are over half way through our U7 Grizzlies season and with only 2 more games left we wanted to dig deep into the benefits of soccer for our little Grizzlies. Aside from the faces of pure satisfaction we see on each kids face during and after the games there are a number of health and social benefits as noted by an article on ussoccerplayers.com

The main points of the article state:

Soccer builds healthy kids
From a physical standpoint, soccer offers one of the best ways for a child to get in physical shape through participation in a youth sport. The average soccer player runs approximately seven miles throughout the course of the game; the mix of sprinting with endurance running develops long and short muscle fibers and also aerobic as well as anaerobic capabilities. Playing soccer improves flexibility, cardiovascular capability, body composition (lowering the percentage of body fat while increasing muscle mass) and does not jar the body in the way that basketball or baseball can do.

Soccer grows self confidence
In addition to these physical benefits, your soccer player should experience a heightened sense of self-confidence and increased social skills. Playing on a team with other peers forces you to interact in ways you wouldn’t learn at school.

Helps in the Classroom
Even though, as a parent, you may be worried about your child finding time for schoolwork when he or she is also juggling going to soccer practice or games, studies have shown that children who play competitive sports generally also perform at an above-average level in school.

Soccer builds balance in life
As an adult, your child will have to balance work, family, health, and personal time in a very busy schedule. So it is always a good idea for your child to start early. Assist them in setting up and following a schedule, and they will begin to learn how to prioritize all of the necessary tasks and obligations that make up our daily lives.