Youth soccer is one of the most popular sports in the U.S. In 1974, about 103,432 American kids participated in recreational soccer. In 2014, nearly 3.1 million U.S. children were playing! Getting your child involved in this fun, beneficial sport is easy - here's what you need to know:
Age groups. Peewee soccer welcomes kids between the ages of 2 and 6, but the ideal starting age is 3 or 4 years old. Typical peewee groups meet once a week for up to an hour. The objective of peewee is mostly social: the children are there to have fun.
When kids reach 5 to 6 years old, they’re ready for more structured skill-building (dribbling, kicking). Recreational soccer leagues provide a great option for this age group. The longer they play, the more adept they will be in adolescent teams that push competition at a much higher skill level.
Learning the game. Remember: youth soccer is designed to let kids learn the fundamentals of the game in a positive way. A good coach will be encouraging, supportive, organized, patient, and prepared with the field required physical education equipment so that each younger play will get a chance to learn, grow, and play.
The right equipment. Your child will probably need soccer cleats, shorts, shin guards/socks and a team shirt. A quality athletic bag helps keep equipment organized. For practicing at home, consider getting a soccer ball, cones, and a collapsible yard goal to keep it fun as you’re encouraging your kid to build his or her athletic interest and skills.
Find this soccer equipment, and more, at Wolverine Sports.
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