Encouraging kids to play football early in their life will earn them health benefits which can be a positive approach to making football as a form of exercise than focusing on possible injuries that may be incurred during the game.
Football’s health benefits to children
Football obviously offers health benefits to the players and, with respect to kids playing regularly on it, provide them these health benefits: it is a fun exercise with lots of physically mobility; kids gain more physical and mental energy, such as they begin to focus more and they gain speed, agility, strength, hand-eye coordination; and they develop cardiovascular endurance.
Building camaraderie and friendship from football
With many football players during a game working toward a common goal, the bond that is developed among the kids is priceless, because the camaraderie that is built with each other while playing football regularly make them friends for life. Aside from being able to build camaraderie and friendship, they also develop their social skills as they rub elbows with their peers, coaches, and referees.
Learning discipline in football
In football, players have to learn discipline within them for the team to work together to succeed to win and constant practice of discipline results into a life habit, that’s why kids who play football will learn the importance of being disciplined in everything they do. These are, among others, what discipline in football can do for kids: it helps the kids to focus on their studies for an important exam or complete their homework, instead of being distracted to video games or use of the Internet and it helps them strive harder to do their best.
Importance of teamwork in football
Since football is a game where two teams compete with each other and that each team consists of 11 players, team work is essential for the team to succeed in the game and this is due to the great amount of accountability required for each individual player to perform his specific task in every game. The teamwork that kids develop during football, helps them to be accustomed to working with others and this form of skill becomes useful for them later on in life when they obtain a profession.
Mental toughness is an important training and discipline that can be developed in football in each player as it leads to a successful performance and to achieve mental toughness, constant practice on it in the game coupled with game strategies will help a player acquire and possess the characteristics of mental toughness which are: the desire to succeed; commitment to train hard; being prepared mentally, physically; overcome defeat or personal drawback; consistency of play; positive motivation; self-confidence; responsiveness; determination; leadership; resilience; mental, physical, and psychological control.