Benefits of Soccer Games for Kids

The benefits of Soccer Games for Kids

Soccer games for kids are a great way of involving kids of all ages in physical activity. The great thing about kids soccer games is that they can be adapted to suit the individual skill and age levels.

The soccer skills learned

a child wearing a yellow jersey watching a game of soccer while sitting on a soccer ball

There are a variety of games that can either teach soccer skills for kids or simply help them to build confidence in their own physical abilities  Some common games for kids that can be used include such group and individual games as 

  • Musical balls – which works on the same principle as musical chairs. The game involves teaching key soccer skills for kids such as dribbling.  All players start with a ball and dribble inside a set area. After a short period the coach or teacher calls “change and players must leave their ball and find another. After the first time, one ball is removed and one player runs around without a ball. When change is called again one player will be left without a ball and s eliminated. The game continues until there are two players and just one ball.
  • Trick or treat – great soccer training for kids involving dribbling between two set points and gathering as many cones as possible 
  • Wall ball – a solo game involving kicking and cleanly trapping the ball on rebound. Each successful trap earns one point

There are many games that can be adapted to suit your needs whether you are looking for soccer training for kids, toddler soccer games or you need some fun soccer warm up games .Benefits of involving kids in these games are many and include:

Helps with Fitness and Health

The game of soccer requires a lot of physical activity for engaged players ensuring lots of opportunities to build their fitness. Organised soccer games for kids  and toddler soccer games can be structured to involve all children and to ensure that they enjoy the physical activity and get the maximum benefits from participating in fun activities using  a soccer ball and some props.

Running around in the fresh air is a great way for children to maintain fitness.

Fun and interesting

Learning easy soccer skills will challenge and stimulate children to become more involved in what are essentially fun activities. The simple acts of kicking and trapping combined with the team aspects of soccer make it fun and entertaining. The young child will be challenged to perfect simple motor skills while also engaging with others to achieve a common goal.
Soccer can be adapted to meet different developmental levels and set challenges to engage children.

Encourages team orientation and social skills

The inherent team aspects involved in soccer games for kids help to not only develop team orientation but to encourage better social interaction and communication.  The young child learns to play by the rules and to take turns as required. They will also learn to experience winning and losing and how to handle those situations.

Most importantly, as the play  in a team environment they have the opportunity to interact with other children and to form friendships  Learning to play soccer games with other kids helps them to build social skills and form friendships that in some case Tos could last for years. The simple and fun activities that preschoolers have with each other may form the basis of long lasting connections that could see them progress into organised sporting teams together in years to come.

Motor skill improvement

Being involved in physical activity helps preschoolers to develop motor skills. Toddler soccer games in particular help preschoolers to develop such key skills as running, jumping, kicking and catching. The activities in these games help children to perfect such simple skills as retaining their balance and not falling down. As they continue to play games their focus moves from simply staying upright to perfecting other skills such as running, turning, kicking and even catching. 

Hand eye coordination will also improve as participation continues.

Self esteem and mood improvements

a child throwing the ball in from the sidelines during a soccer game

Physical exercise is known to have great benefits for people of all ages. Exercise releases endorphins which help to elevate mood and promote feelings of emotional well being. Additionally, being part of a team, however ad hoc and sharing in achievements helps to build a sense of belonging and achievement.

Preschool soccer games aren’t going to be full of championships, victories, medals and trophies but they will give children the opportunity to share in minor wins, give high fives and feel like they belong.

Conclusion

There is plenty of evidence to show that playing soccer games can have a lot of positive impact on a child’s development. Besides the obvious benefits to be drawn from improved hand/foot eye coordination and physical fitness children learn such important concepts as working within a team, winning and losing well and relating to others in an informal social setting. Games can be structured and adapted to suit group ages and needs.

This is why Jumpstart Childcare includes this beneficial activity as part of the child care program and what helps to set them apart from the competition.