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Parents Role in Youth Soccer


Do you think your child is getting the most out of soccer? The sport provides a fun, athletic activity that also builds teamwork, character and leadership skills. Have you ever thought about how you can help your young player get more out of soccer?

Why do kids want to play?
Research shows that the primary reasons kids play soccer are:

  1. Competence, learning and improving
  2. Affiliation - Being a part of a team, a club or with friends
  3. Fitness, agility, balance, coordination, and physical health
  4. Fun - This is the overwhelming reason why children play sports

So why do kids stop playing?
Studies have shown that it is mostly due to adult interference as a result from:

  1. Lack of playing time opportunity
  2. Over emphasis on winning and/or perfection
  3. Lack of fun
  4. Pressure coming from parents and coaches

As parents, we all want the best for our child and the way to get that is to be positive on the sidelines and allow the coaches to instruct and guide the players. Whether they go on to a prosperous soccer career, or just play on a youth team, let’s work together to make it a constructive positive experience.