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.
Health gains from football
It is an undeniable fact that football, just like any other sports game, offers health benefits to the players and when this game is introduced at an early stage to kids, they get as much health benefits, such as the following: 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.
Because football is a team game and each team is working toward a common goal, kids will appreciate the importance of developing close relationship with others through football, 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
Football is a team game and, therefore, players have to learn discipline within them for the team to win, such that 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.
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 concept of teamwork is getting used to working with a group of people with a common goal and for kids to be able to develop this essential skill may help them to easily work with others when they have their own profession in the future.
Acquiring mental toughness in football
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.