In celebration of Youth Soccer Month, this week's focus is: Friendship.
Of the four fundamentals of soccer, friendship works to extend relationships beyond the field of play.
Soccer is a team sport that creates a common thread for players of all backgrounds to love a sport that is played around the globe. Playing soccer provides the opportunity to build new friendships and strengthen existing ones through training, teamwork and skills drills.
"When my family moved from Texas to Oregon, I was worried about meeting cool new friends, but after my parents registered me to play soccer, I met more friends than I ever thought possible," said Cooper Mootz of Lake Oswego, Ore. "The best part about my new friends on the soccer team is that we still get to hang out and do cool things when we are not at practice!"
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 7 - Family: Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
·Week of September 14 - Friendship: The relationships and fun generated through playing soccer and their extension beyond the field.
·Week of September 21 - 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.