In celebration of Youth Soccer Month, this week's focus is: Fun!
Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding. So this week, add some fun to your life and get out on the fields and play a game of soccer with your friends or family. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are only two of the many skills you will learn while playing a fun game of soccer.
"There are so many days when I drive by parks and playgrounds and there are always kids with a soccer ball smiling, laughing, running and making up their own rules. Seeing this just reinforces that soccer is full of fun and excitement," said John Thomas, assistant technical director for US Youth Soccer. "As a coach I know that if I'm having fun, so are the kids. This is something I hope all parents and coaches will remember as Youth Soccer Month focuses on Fun this week. Stay in the game!"
Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America's families, US Youth Soccer, with 3.2 million members, the nation's largest youth sports association, is spearheading the sixth Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.
Throughout Youth Soccer Month a series of messages and themes will be communicated to illustrate the essence of youth soccer. Each week during Youth Soccer Month a different message will be the focus of "Celebrating Soccer in America."
The four messages of Youth Soccer month are:
·Week of September 1- Fun: Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
·Week of September 8 - Family: Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
·Week of September 15 - Friendship: The relationships and fun generated through playing soccer and their extension beyond the field.
·Week of September 22 - Fitness: The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer
Youth Soccer Month will also highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels.