Shhhh! Don't tell your kids that while they're having fun playing soccer, they're also learning all kinds of super important things like social skills, sharing, time management, leadership, teamwork, perseverance, healthy habits, creativity, and so much more.
There are many (many) articles online about youth sports, child development, health, and wellness. We know. San Ramon FC's staff spends a lot of time reading them.
The below collection of links represent a handful of eye-opening articles that exemplify the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play.
While we'd like to extend the previous sentence to "physical benefits of playing soccer", truth be told, kids just need to play and be physically active. We hope that means soccer for your child. Youth soccer offers a safe environment to play, learn, interact socially, and yes, struggle a bit. Learning new skills is a healthy challenge for us all. Failure is not permanent and it can be one of the best teachers of perseverance.
Below you'll find articles linking youth sports to happiness, physical health, peer relationships, life skills, and more.
If you have an article you feel should be included, please let us know.
A soccer ball offers lots of opportunities to create fun games and make friends