So your kid wants to play soccer? Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Viewership for soccer games has skyrocketed over the last 3 years; making it one of the more popular sports in the country. More parents and teachers are learning of the health benefits associated with playing soccer over other sports. Soccer is not just a sport, it has become a cultural movement that does not look to be slowing down. The amount of kids wanting to play soccer has also seen an uptick when compared to other sports.
My kid wants to play soccer; how do i start?
It does not take much work to get started with playing soccer. There are some accessories you will need to buy of course, but as far as learning the game, there isn’t much you need to do.
Each city or town will usually have soccer sign ups in the summer or spring. Local parks and recreation offices will have more information on local soccer leagues. AYSO is one of the nation’s largest soccer organization for youth soccer and they are practically everywhere. You can check out their website by clicking the following link and you can search for AYSO partners in your area. [Find Your AYSO Region]
What will my kids need for soccer?
There are not many accessories needed for soccer. In most cases you will already have sport shorts or short t-shirts around the house they can use while playing. A soccer ball is required, along with soccer cleats and shin guards.
Cleat prices can range anywhere from $20-200. For players just starting off, cleats on the lower end of the spectrum will be just fine. Stores like Walmart, Amazon and sometimes Target will offer great deals on clearance soccer cleats.
Shin guards are imperative to playing soccer. This accessory is important in helping to keep your child safe from kicks. Although some players prefer to play without them, always, read the suggested age group on the packaging of your desired shin guard to ensure they are the correct ones for your player.
Soccer balls come in different sizes. In most cases, a size 5 ball is the standard for ages 6+. For children under the age of 6, a size 4 ball is usually recommended. Much like shin guards, the size recommendation for soccer balls will help keep your child safe during play.
Soccer socks can be substituted with any sock that can help keep the shin guard in place. However, soccer socks do have some benefits. Soccer socks are meant for soccer and the material used will help prevent blisters and it is designed to help air flow within your cleats to help keep your feet cool on hot days.
The Following Accessories Are Not “Must Haves” But Do Help
- Soccer Jerseys – Makes the player feel the part and the material used in jerseys helps keep your player cool.
- Soccer Shorts – Designed with soccer in mind. Allows for wider range of motion on your legs required by soccer.
- Soccer Cones – Great for setting up practice drills or goals to shoot at.
- Soccer Goals/Nets – Gives your player something to aim at other than your house wall. A net will help catch the ball so its not going all over the place after a shot.
The start-up cost for soccer is not much. In most cases you will have a lot of these things laying around already. If you have been on the fence about having your kids start soccer, you shouldn’t fear anything.