There’s no doubt you love the sport of soccer… but for many soccer lovers, finding a way to play regularly can be difficult. If you’re looking for an outlet to enjoy soccer this fall, check out our quick list of ideas below to get started:
Find an adult soccer league near you
You may be surprised to find just how many cities have adult soccer leagues of their own—you just need to do a little online research! Your city may offer recreational opportunities for casual players, or more competitive teams for more experienced ones… find out what is offered and what is right for you. Additionally, some cities offer variations of the game such as six versus six matches and citywide tournaments that can make the game that much more enjoyable and involved.
Coach a kids’ team
Even if you don’t have the time to practice and play regular games, you can still kick the ball around and enjoy time on the field by coaching a kids’ team. In most cases, coaching for these teams is done on a volunteer basis and requires coach training, so you don’t need to prove any serious skills in order to participate. Coaching a kids’ team is a great way to teach kids passion for the game, and it can also help you get involved in the local active sports scene. You’ll likely find that parents and coaches typically have something in common: a genuine love for the game.
It’s worth noting that youth soccer coaching is an especially fitting opportunity for parents of young players. It provides you with the ability to spend time with your child, teach them valuable lessons, and share something special.
Play pickup soccer with others
It may seem like the simplest solution, but too often great players aren’t able to regularly enjoy the game because they don’t have anyone to play with. But that’s just not true! If you feel like getting out on the field and playing, there’s a great chance that likeminded individuals in your community feel the exact same way.
Now the big question, of course… how do you find them? If your immediate circle of friends or family doesn’t particularly enjoy soccer, finding local players may require some “reaching out” on your part. But that doesn’t have to be hard—in fact, some of the places you probably already visit may be great places to meet likeminded soccer lovers. Keep an eye out for interested players at church groups, work, or around the neighborhood. Even something as simple as asking friends through a social media post can be effective. No matter how you do it, chances are you’ll meet some pretty devoted players like yourself!
Finally, once you’ve got a group together, arrange for a time to meet up and play Even if you don’t have a group large (or organized) enough for a real game, you can still enjoy the camaraderie and act of kicking the ball around—you’ll have a pickup game on your hands in no time!