Soccer may seem like an activity that's more popular in other parts of the world, but it's actually one of the most commonly played sports in America today. The U.S. Youth Soccer Organization was founded in 1974 with a humble 100,000 registered players. Today, there are more than 3 million.
Most soccer teams are part of a local chapter of the U.S. Youth Soccer Organization. Kids as young as 4 years old can participate -- albeit with a smaller ball and on a smaller field than older children. And soccer's fast pace allows it to hold the attention of kids who would frequently get bored playing other sports.
Here are some of the benefits that your child will get from playing soccer:
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Muscle strength
- Weight control