Everything you experience in life provides a learning opportunity and it’s always up to you to take something out of every experience. Football is also like this, it’s not just a source of joy and happiness, in fact, it also teaches us wisdom, patience and many other social skills. If your kid loves to go out and play football, and there’s nothing you can do to make him stick to his/her books, maybe it’s time you start looking at the upsides of the sport. Surprise! We will help you with this aspect too. Sometimes, we learn more from practical experiences than we learn from theories. As we said, football teaches us a lot about life, just stick till the end and you will be convinced. Today, we will talk about a few social skills which your kid is learning subconsciously while playing his favourite game.
Let’s get started.
Out of all the things, we chose commitment to be the starting component of our blog because it matters the most. The commitment to the game, the commitment to your teammates and even the commitment to the badge of the team. Your kid feels all these things when he puts on the football shirt and starts running with the ball at his feet. It provides a sense of responsibility and from a very young age, your kid will learn to stay committed to the important things in his life. Our commitments always determine the person we are and how far we will go in life.
Here’s the famous one, and we know you have read about it in every blog you browsed today but believe us, teamwork is that important and it’s worth reading about again and again. All of us are surrounded by other people and all of us work in some sort of teams. In football there’s no concept of individual excellence without being a team-player because you win and lose as a team, not as a person, that’s why your kid has a golden opportunity to learn the art of teamwork and collective effort while playing football, they learn to sacrifice for their teammates, they prioritize collective success over individual success, they learn to work with coordination and an understanding of their teammates.
We can keep going on as there are lots of aspects of being a team member and no doubt, your kid is learning all of that without even knowing. This important social skill will aid your kid in the later stages of his life.
You might be questioning as we go further in our blog today. Yes, football will teach your kid a sense of discipline too and it might be the most important part of football gameplay as it doesn’t exist without a certain level of discipline. From tactics to timing, line-ups to formations, decision making to game rules, football is all about discipline. The game itself creates a sense of discipline among the players playing in different positions and the opposing team which your kid will learn. It’ll be a great addition to your kid’s social skills set to help them when they grow up.
You will keep reading and we will keep adding. Do you feel your kid has that commanding spark in him? Well, a football field is a right place for him because it’s where the real leadership skills are tested for such talented kids. Every football team needs that one commanding and superior figure in their line-ups to guide the team through the ups and downs of a football match. It’s the leader who creates that winning mentality in the other members of the team. In our opinion? Leaders are born in confrontations and a football match is no less than that.
The social skills we’ve been talking about until now were far less important than this one. Because this one specific social skill will lead your kid to become a better person mentally and spiritually. It’s respect! Respecting the circumstances, respecting the seniors and respecting the rules. In football, respect holds a lot of significance. There will be a coach, there will be senior players, there will be knowledge to learn. Your kid will learn to respect all these individuals as he will learn to listen if he wants to perform better. In the long run, these elements will be instilled in his personality and you will watch him grow into a better person.
Losses; A Crucial Lesson in Life
In life, things never stay streamlined. There are always ups and downs, highs and lows, victories and losses. Learning to lose and then getting up with your head high with the determination of getting better is a rare attitude to learn. It takes a lot of practice and maturity and again, a football field is the right place if you want your kid to know how to manage losses. Here’s what makes football such an interesting and addictive game; no matter how good a football team is, there will always be someone who will beat them. You never know! Learning to tackle this uncertainty and developing a positive mindset towards the defeats and losses of life are a very good lessons to teach your kid.
As we move towards the end of our blog today, there are still some skills to discuss and sportsmanship is one of them. To be a bigger person in the most challenging situations is the hardest thing to do and it takes a lot of wisdom to develop the sportsmanship trait. Here’s the magic formula; football. Your kid will learn to respect the opponents, your kid will learn to respect the losses, and most importantly, he will learn to continue working hard even when the circumstances are not in his favour. It will have a great psychological effect on your kid. The most interesting part is, all of this will be carved in your kid’s mind while he is simply having fun.
We hope that the benefits of football, on your kid’s social skills benefits, are now clearer to you. There’s always more to it and there are many things and benefits which can be added to the long list of sports benefits. Football not only has physical advantages, but it has a great impact on the mentality of its players too, as discussed in this blog today. Before you leave, please share this blog with other parents too, so sports awareness can be increased.