Allowing kids to play football will help them love this form of exercise, as well as the health benefits they can gain from it, without being discourage of possible injuries that they may incur during the game.
Health gains from football
Football obviously offers health benefits to the players and, with respect to kids playing regularly on it, provide them these health benefits: it is a fun exercise with lots of physically mobility; kids gain more physical and mental energy, such as they begin to focus more and they gain speed, agility, strength, hand-eye coordination; and they develop cardiovascular endurance.
Because football is a team game and each team is working toward a common goal, kids will appreciate the importance of developing close relationship with others through football, because the camaraderie that is built with each other while playing football regularly make them friends for life. As kids, playing football, build camaraderie and friendship, they also develop their social skills as they rub elbows with their peers, coaches, and referees.
Football is a team game and, therefore, players have to learn discipline within them for the team to win, such that constant practice of discipline results into a life habit, that’s why kids who play football will learn the importance of being disciplined in everything they do. The discipline that kids have developed in playing regular football is translated into their studies, such that it helps the kids to focus on their studies for an important exam or complete their homework, instead of being distracted to video games or use of the Internet and it helps them strive harder to do their best.
Value of teamwork in football
Football is obviously a team game where two teams compete with each other and that each team consists of 11 players and each individual player is accountable to perform his specific task for the team to win in the game. The concept of teamwork is getting used to working with a group of people with a common goal and for kids to be able to develop this essential skill may help them to easily work with others when they have their own profession in the future.
Valuing mental toughness in football
In football, mental toughness is achieved through constant training and discipline of the player in being able to perform according to rules of the game and instructions from the coach and when a player has succeeded in possessing mental toughness, the following characteristics are seen in him and they are: the desire to succeed; commitment to train hard; being prepared mentally, physically; overcome defeat or personal drawback; consistency of play; positive motivation; self-confidence; responsiveness; determination; leadership; resilience; mental, physical, and psychological control.