Greg Harriman on benefits of playing soccer

About Greg Harriman: Greg Harriman is extremely passionate about Crusader's Soccer club in Chicago and soccer in general. Greg Harriman spends much of his time advocating for Crusader's soccer club in Chicago and soccer in general.

Soccer is a hugely popular sport — there are over four billion followers of this sport, which is known as “football” in most of the world. If you have a budding Abby Wambach or David Beckham in your family, you already know that your child gets a good workout. But there are many other benefits of playing soccer!

Greg Harriman on the benefits of soccer
Greg Harriman on the benefits of soccer

General benefits of playing soccer:

  • Helps build friendships

  • Promotes being more extrovert

  • You learn to win and loose

  • Teaches you teamwork

  • Significantly contributes to higher self-esteem

  • Teaches hard work, dedication, and discipline

  • Helps build character and personality

  • Prevents depression and helps to live happier

  • Teaches respect

  • Having fun and enjoying the game

  • Played globally

  • Enhances healthy competitiveness

  • Keeps you away from bad habits

Benefits of playing soccer for your kids:

  • Keeps them healthy

  • Keeps them away from technology and other bad habits

  • They make friends and build a social personality

  • Teaches them about life young

  • Higher self-esteem in a depressed generation

  • Outdoor interaction

  • Helps them deal with rejection and loosing

More than one and a half million children participate in soccer, and over 220,000 adolescents are on soccer teams. The game has surged in popularity since the 1970's, and is now the second most popular youth sport in the country behind baseball. Soccer's benefits for your son or daughter can be tremendous.

From a physical standpoint, soccer offers one of the best ways, if not the best way, for a child to get in top physical shape through participation in a youth sport. The average soccer player runs approximately seven miles throughout the course of the game; the mix of sprinting with endurance running develops long and short muscle fibers and also aerobic as well as anaerobic capabilities. Playing soccer improves flexibility, cardiovascular capability, body composition (lowering the percentage of body fat while increasing muscle mass) and does not jar the body in the way that basketball or baseball can do.

In addition to these physical benefits, your soccer player should experience a heightened sense of self-confidence and increased social skills. Playing on a team with other peers forces you to interact in ways you wouldn't learn at school. To win as a team, you must play as a team, which includes passing and communicating on the field. Your child may learn he is better at communicating on the soccer field than he has been anywhere else up to that point. There are fewer chances for individual humiliation on the soccer field (although it can happen). Generally, team actions are noticed more than individual actions.

Greg Harriman on the benefits of soccer
Greg Harriman on the benefits of soccer

Even though, as a parent, you may be worried about your child finding time for schoolwork when he or she is also juggling going to soccer practice or games, studies have shown that children who play competitive sports generally also perform at an above-average level in school. Whether this results from an increase in self confidence, or an increase in physical energy which helps mental energy and stamina, it is good for your child to learn the lesson of balance in his or her daily life.

As an adult, your child will have to balance work, family, health, and personal time in a very busy schedule. So it is always a good idea for your child to start early. Assist them in setting up and following a schedule, and they will begin to learn how to prioritize all of the necessary tasks and obligations that make up our daily lives.

If you are an active young lady looking to participate in soccer, Greg Harriman would like to remind you that the Chicago Crusader's Club is holding tryouts starting next week (week of May 26th). If you are interested you may call Greg Harriman directly at 224-275-3650 and the club's new website will be live in a few days.

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