Soccer which has also been known as football is a team sport that is played on a field between 2 teams. The modern game was codified in England following the formation of The Football Association, whose 1863 Laws of the Game created the foundations for the way the sport is played today. Soccer is known today as one of the most popular sports in the world.
* Basic Game Play Explained
The object of the game is to score by driving the ball into the opposing goal using your feet, knees, or head. Passing the ball to your team players is one way to drive the ball down the field to make a goal. The goalkeepers are the only players in the game that are allowed to use their hands or arms to control the ball or block the opposing team from making a goal. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout, depending on the format of the competition.
Not only is soccer a very popular sport but it can also help promote good health and help build confidence. There are many benefits to playing sports, while some look at it as competition between 2 teams, others realize the benefits of promoting good health and confidence.
* Healthy Benefits To Playing Soccer
When playing on a team it requires that you have a proper nutritional diet. Having well balanced meals that are very important to keep our bodies at performing at optimum levels. Along with having nutritional meals you need to have proper exercise to keep your body in shape. Soccer players attend drills or practice which is planned by the soccer coach. During these practices the coach will have the players perform certain exercises while help the players to improve on their skills.
By having a proper nutritional diet along with well planned exercises and getting a proper nights sleep will ensure a better and healthier lifestyle.
* Confidence Building While Playing Soccer
There is nothing that can build confidence better than knowing that you have accomplished a goal that you set out to accomplish. I remember when I was a young teenager and played soccer for our local church. At the beginning I was not very good at controlling the ball much less even being able to make a goal. Our coach took the extra time to help teach me how to be more confident in the skills that I had. After working with me for several weeks it was time for out team to start playing other teams.
The entire team gave it everything we had and even-though we did not win any championship, what I won was 2 medals for being most valued player at 2 of our games. What that did was help build confidence in me as a young teenager and helped me through adult life also. Ever since then I have always had the determination to meet my goals no matter what I do in life.
By building confidence and promoting better health in your young teenager is one of the best things you can do as a parent.
Source by James Stein