This Week's Focus: Family
In celebration of Youth Soccer Month, this week's focus is: Family
When building the four fundamentals of soccer – Fun, Family, Friendship and Fitness – family is the one that bring together those you care most about.
As more and more activities are added the calendar, family time tends to dwindle. Bring everyone together by adding soccer fun to the family calendar. Soccer is a game for the whole family to enjoy. Siblings can kick the ball around in the backyard and parents can jump in at any time, all you need is a ball.
"It brings the family together because soccer at the youth level is a family experience – on weekends, after school or at night going to practices and games, playing at home with siblings or a parent. It's a simple fun game, anyone can kick a ball and get as much enjoyment from the time you spend together doing it as you do from a fitness or skill development standpoint," said Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristine Lilly.
You can go beyond playing the game of soccer and make plans to attend a soccer game at a local high school or college. If you can't attend a game in person, bring the family together for a game night and watch a Major League Soccer match on TV. For a list of games in your area, click here.
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 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.