As parents, we always want the best for our children, which is why we support them in everything they do. But sometimes, pushing them too hard in the direction you think is right could get them in trouble.
Step 1. Find out if your child has the talents of a soccer player
You can tell if he is able to dribble (move the ball close to your feet) and shoot with certainty.
Step 2. Find out if your child is interested in this sport
Ask them if they would like to play soccer or something like that.
Step 3. Support their interests by modeling yours
(Watch a soccer game with him, play soccer with him.) Sometimes joining (or starting) a soccer league for yourself can help your child enjoy the sport more.
Step 4. Send him to a soccer school or camp and watch him for the first few days to see if he is enjoying it or not
If he is not enjoying it, do not force him to play.
Step 5. Sign him up for a fall soccer league
In some areas there are spring and fall leagues, because fall is football season, it is generally much more competitive and has better coaches than the spring leagues.
Step 6. Support them and stay with them, even when they fail
However, remind them that the important thing is not only to win. As long as they do their best and have fun, you will always be proud of them.
Step 7. Train yourself to be a soccer coach
Your child will understand that he can play with you more often or that he can play alone when you are away. This is inexpensive and only requires 3-4 hours of training to become a youth soccer league coach.
- If they are good at the sport, support them and tell them that they are good players like a young Pele or a young Beckham.
- Ask them if they want to play a special position, if they want to, then make them work to get it. For example, if they want to be goalkeepers, then take a few shots (not very strong) while they are standing on goal.
- Borrow or buy a soccer book or two and read them, share the information you learn from the books with your child. But do not constantly pressure them, this could cause your child to no longer want to play soccer.
- Congratulate your child when he does something good, on and off the field of play, this will raise his self-esteem so that they can try new things on and off the field.
- Talk to your son / daughter if they fail and ask them what they could have done to avoid those failures.
- Don't yell at your child for "not playing their position", the coach may have told them to change positions.
- It helps your child to remember that soccer is a team game, there should not be one person doing all the work.
- Teach your child to respect the referees, opponents and other coaches, being respectful and friendly with them. Watch as world league teams greet each other at the start of a game, exchange their shirts and even hug their opponents.
- It is a good idea to try to get your child to join a more advanced soccer league when they are young, so that they can develop their skills and learn to play at a higher level.
- If your child is not interested, do not force it to play this sport.
- Don't overcomplain him, this will only make him feel embarrassed and / or could make your child angry.
- Don't tell him what all their mistakes are, he / she knows when they did something wrong. If they did something wrong, let them learn from their mistakes without lecturing or reprimanding them.
- Let the coach lead during games; your only job is to support the team.
- Don't follow them around the field yelling at them during the game. This will only make them feel sorry and upset.