I prefer playing soccer to any other activity.

If you’re unsure whether soccer is worth playing, consider these 8 benefits:

8 Reasons to Play Soccer

1. Simple

Soccer requires one ball and a space to play. The space doesn’t have to be large. Grass and cleats aren’t required.

I’ve played soccer everywhere you can imagine. I’ve played on the beach, in the parking lot outside my apartment, and in my parent’s basement.

Being able to play anywhere means you can have fun, show off, and improve your skill anytime.

2. Something For Everyone

Anyone that can kick a ball can play soccer. It’s a blast for beginners and experts alike.

Beginners love soccer because it’s quick to pick up and play. There is inherent joy in kicking a ball around (even if you’re not very good).

Soccer can also be complex. If you want to play competitively, you must hone many skills, learn strategies, and become fit. Experts and beginners can always improve, and with each improvement players enjoy playing more and more.

3. Work Ethic

You need good work ethic to become successful at soccer. You must train hard to develop skills and fitness.

Coaches and teammates push players to develop better work ethic, and when players work hard and succeed they build confidence (which translates to all aspects of life).

4. Leadership

Leaders often form on a soccer pitch.

Players learn that their teammates need someone to guide them in the right direction.

Through trial and error, players learn how to lead effectively.

5. Sportsmanship

Through good examples by coaches and teammates, players learn what it takes to play a sport with class.

Bad sportsmanship is punished, and most players discover the value of great sportsmanship.

6. Perseverance

At first, players get frustrated when they fail. They eventually realize that through perseverance, their ability as a player will improve.

Players may have to overcome injuries, cold streaks, bad coaches, and more. All these things teach perseverance.

7. Fitness

Players become fit and create positive fitness habits that can last a lifetime. They learn what it takes to be in shape and work hard to improve their fitness.

Soccer players tend to become lean and muscular.  They develop endurance from constant running, and muscles from work-outs.

Players tend to think more about nutrition and drug use. They want to play to their full potential so they avoid drugs and unhealthy food.

When players are playing they are not watching TV, playing video games, or texting.  They are getting a full work-out that teaches them healthy habits.

8. Social

Soccer players become friends with their teammates.

Teammates share a common bond that promotes a sense of unity and fosters friendships.

Some teammates even become lifelong friends.

Plus More

As you play soccer, you will discover other benefits. Soccer is brilliant in many ways, and you can only discover it’s beauty by playing.

It has the power to transform lives. Even if players don’t play professionally, they learn habits that will help them succeed in life.

Start playing the world’s most popular sport. You won’t regret it.