Whether you’re an avid soccer enthusiast yourself or are the parent of a budding player, you know how enjoyable the game can be. You probably also know how work, school and other commitments can pull players from their favorite game. In today’s blog, we are looking at soccer as more than just a game—but a multifaceted activity that can have positive impacts in virtually every part of life.
One of the biggest and most obvious positive impacts of soccer is, of course, the physical fitness aspect. Soccer players get to enjoy a rigorous full body workout every time they play—and unlike many other forms of exercise, it’s seen as a fun release rather than a chore! Soccer allows its players to build endurance and work out their legs, cores and even arms while running and maneuvering the ball.
In a time when we’re learning more and more about the importance of physical fitness, soccer players already enjoy one of the best and most rewarding physical activities around.
Social time, no matter your age, is one of the keys to a happy, healthy life. Soccer provides a chance to bond socially with others in your same age group who share your same interests—namely, a love for the sport! Players learn critical social and communication skills while passing the ball and calling out to teammates during gameplay.
In addition to time on the field, players bond in several different ways—by meeting outside of practice and gathering to watch matches on TV, to name just a few. This time allows players and fans alike to build memories and forge connections that last long beyond time on the field.
Logic and foresight
During every minute of practice or gameplay, players are forced to think ahead with logic and foresight. By anticipating future moves and always being one step ahead of the opposing team, soccer players get a chance to improve their logical thinking—which, as you might have guessed, can help immensely in our everyday lives.
Young soccer players may think that skipping soccer practice in order to study is the best move from an academic standpoint—but while homework and studying are important to academic performance, so is the time players spend on the field. By spending an hour or two to clear their heads and focus on the task at hand, soccer players are often able to destress and prepare mentally for whatever project life has to throw their way.
Quality of life
Finally, soccer simply makes avid players happy. It offers a release from the stresses of everyday life, and can provide players with numerous ways to kick back and enjoy themselves, which can lead to happier, heathier lives.
As you can see, soccer is a fun sport to play—but it’s also so much more. We hope that today’s post encourages you to get out on the field… because when you do, you’re doing more for yourself than you might know.