You should let your child play football

Sports for children: soccer

As soon as babies can take their first steps by the hand, they are already kicking the ball in front of the ball. And later on, football still exerts a tremendous attraction on many children. We'll tell you why soccer is an ideal sport for children.

Goal and rules in football

You don't really have to explain what football is all about. For completeness: There are two teams with eleven players each facing each other and they must try to shoot the ball into the opposing goal. As the name suggests, this should primarily happen with the feet.
Of course there are some rules that the referee monitors on the field. For example, fouls are punished. In the case of grossly unsportsmanlike conduct, for example, a player is shown the red card and then has to leave the field of play.
A football game lasts 2 x 45 minutes for the “big ones”, the playing times are shorter for junior teams.

Can every child play soccer?

Dr. Ulrich Fegeler, Federal Press Spokesman for the Professional Association of Pediatricians (BVKJ) makes it clear: "Yes, in any case!". Any child, regardless of age, gender and body type, can step in front of the ball in the garden. And almost every child can play football in a club: "As long as the sport is on a normal and playful level, there are very few restrictions and dangers for children", says Dr. Fegeler. He points out, however, that beginners and especially overweight children need a slow introduction to sport so that the cardiovascular system can get used to the stresses.
Children with health problems or congenital disorders should obtain the OK from a doctor before starting training. After that, nothing stands in the way of playing football.
By the way, the youngest age group that can be trained in a football club are the G-Juniors or “Bambinis”. The children in these teams are still under seven years old. The junior division usually goes up to the age of 17, i.e. from the age of 18 you play in the normal men's or women's team.

Football makes you fit!

Football means lots of exercise, mostly in the fresh air. Here you can really exhaust yourself!
Above all, sport strengthens endurance, force and speed, trains the coordination and the cognitive skills. The muscles are trained intensively through the rapid changes in speed and direction. Also the motor skills are expanded when the child learns to keep control of the ball with dribbles and tricks or to skilfully take away the opponent.
Overall, regular football games improve the child's physical fitness and body awareness, which, in conjunction with the strengthened muscles, can protect against injuries.

What children can still learn from football

In addition to the rules of the game, tactics and the game itself, children can learn many other things while playing soccer. For example Tolerance and a respectful cooperation, because football is a team sport. In other words, it challenges and promotes team spirit and solidarity in spite of different cultures and social backgrounds. In the game they learn tactical understanding and to keep an overview (not only) of the playing field and other players even under pressure.
With football, you can also raise your child to be more responsible, for example by cleaning their football boots themselves after training and taking care of keeping their sports gear together.

What you need to play football

There are countless football clubs in every region of Germany. Football training usually looks very similar at all clubs. Here we tell you what your child needs to play football and where you can find further information.

What does soccer training look like?

Depending on the age group, there are one to two training units per week, which can last about 60 to 90 minutes. Before training, your child needs to be warm up properly and then stretch properlyto prevent strains and muscle hardening.
It goes without saying that when training in the lower age groups, the Fun The focus is, not the tactics and the game result. If you register your child in a club for such a junior team, make sure that the coach sees it the same way, and especially him Urge to move of children taken into account. Above all, the training should be fun for the young children and give them the opportunity to really let off steam. The first football terms are learned along the way. Only then does it play in a higher junior team Tactics and practicing certain movements a role.
Generally the endurance, the force, the skill and the Interaction with the other players. This is often done first through individual exercises with and without the ball. In the second half of the training, short games are often played against each other.

What do you need to play football?

Football can be played anytime and anywhere where there is a bit of green space or a pedestrianized street. Actually, you only need a ball. Goals can be improvised and indicated, for example, with stones, clothing or street chalk.
To play in a club, your child needs at least one short and one long sports gear. For older children, shin guards, socks and goalkeeper gloves are also required. The biggest cost factor is definitely made by the Soccer shoes of which there are different types and which have to be bought new very quickly with the fast-growing children's feet. The best advice for the right choice and fit is in the sports shop.