Enrolling your child in sports is a great way to help them get active, connect with peers, develop skills, and have tons of fun. And if you’re looking for a “first sport” for your young child, there’s no better choice than soccer! There are many benefits of learning about soccer for kids, and this amazing sport develops their cooperation, teamwork, and motor skills.
Many parents interested in our youth soccer classes or tiki-taka soccer coaching have questions about the game, but one question in particular seems to be common among all types of families. That question is: “When should my child start playing soccer?” While there’s no single age all kids start playing soccer and enjoying themselves, consider this your general guide to when it’s a good idea to get your child onto the field with a soccer ball for the first time.
Ages 2-6: Listening Skills, Motor Skills, and More
Because we offer soccer classes to children as young as two years old, many parents who see kids playing soccer at this age ask if it’s a good idea to get their child started with “the beautiful game.” If you think your child might be interested in playing sports, go ahead and test it out. See if they enjoy kicking the ball around, they seem excited watching sports on TV, or they just seem to have a lot of energy to burn.
The best advice we can offer you for this age group is to take things at the child’s pace. As a general rule, playing sports at these young ages is all about developing listening skills, motor skills, and general comfort on the field. You may notice that children this young don’t yet have the concept of “team sports” ingrained in their heads yet because they’re still learning basic lessons such as sharing. This is perfectly normal for their age group, so don’t worry that your youngster is a “ball hog”!
Ages 7-9: It’s All About Fun — and Practice
The most common age to enroll children in soccer is when they are around seven to nine years old. At this age, kids can begin to understand the concept that they are just one member of a larger soccer team, meaning that this is an excellent time to work on their cooperation and communication skills. In addition to teamwork, children this age also benefit greatly from private lessons if they are interested in growing their soccer skills even further.
Ages 9 and Above: Game On!
After the age of nine or so, most children who want to keep playing soccer develop their real passion for the game. Soccer training at this age focuses on the finer aspects of motor skills as well as actual game rules, strategies, and techniques. However, it’s never too late to start loving the game of soccer. Even if your child is in high school, definitely encourage them to get out there and play soccer for their school team or enroll in one of our C.O.R.E. training programs!
Get Started Today With Total Soccer
If you think your child might be interested in getting started with their soccer journey, turn to Total Soccer! Our soccer training and skill development classes and private lessons are fun, rewarding, and engaging for all ages. Spots go quickly, so grab one for your child before we’re full. We hope to see your young athlete on the field soon!