Soccer is one of the most practiced and followed sports in the whole world. Children, adolescents, adults and even grandpas are thrown into the field to, according to the possibilities of each, have a fun time.
It’s important not only as a game and as a hobby, but also at a social level since it unites groups of all socioeconomic classes, clubs or even nations.
Who did not vibrate with this World Cup held in Russia? Who of the people you know didn’t talk about Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals? Of the courage and self-esteem of the Croatians? Of the power of the French? Of the surprising victory of Mexico over Germany?
The identification with a local club or with the National team of a country to which we belong are very interesting elements that serve to understand the relevance that soccer has at all levels.
But fútbol is not just a sport for the masses; it’s an activity that brings benefits for the health and emotional development of the children who practice it.
This sport gives a spirit of personal growth to the children that will be one of the qualities that will make a difference in their future. It doesn’t matter if it’s about their work, their personal or sentimental life; knowing how to overcome themselves will always be one of the solutions to their problems.
Soccer gives many more psychological advantages to those who play it regularly. It is proven. Another example? Children acquire values.
The practice of this sport strengthens the spirit of sacrifice, generates self-esteem in kids, gives them discipline, ability to work in groups and to strive. All this in a very playful way and with a healthy sense of competition.
It’s also a very good chance to develop our emotional and learning abilities: children strengthen their logical capacity to think about the most appropriate play, in addition to helping them to learn to lose and to tolerate frustration.
The bonds that are created in this kind of groups are special; team sports help socialize, because you share time, effort, defeats and victories with people with the same interest and within the same age.
On the other hand, there is the health part: soccer is perhaps the best way to release energy and run at full speed. It’s 90 minutes (or much less, you choose what you want to play) in which your body is dedicated to something more than chasing the ball, so your effort brings very positive results: improving the characteristics of your cardiovascular system, your oxygen consumption and increasing your speed and endurance.
This also helps you to maintain a good physical shape and reduces the risk of diabetes and fights obesity and cholesterol. If you want to lose some weight, there is no better diet than a good balanced meal accompanied by a soccer game every week. Isn’t?