Soccer is the fastest growing team sports in the United States and there’s a growing trend of young soccer players who are starting to play the sport in their early years. With the growing popularity and population of kids playing the sport, so is the growth of many soccer parents. If you’ve never played soccer or any team sport, for that matter, it can be difficult to know how to support your child’s growing interest and desire for the game. To help you out, here are a few tips to become a good soccer parent.
Support your Child
First and foremost, supporting your child in soccer is not only limited to the field. You also have to support him outside the field. Aside from being present in trainings and games, when you get home, you can also show your support in a lot of ways. If you have a yard, you can set up a goal where your kid can practice his shooting skills. You can provide many soccer aids to help your child develop his interest for the game even when there are no games or practices.
Attend the Games
Second, you have to attend the games. Being there on the bleachers or sidelines will help your child overcome fears by making him feel safe and secure. You can also volunteer to provide the team’s transportation, bring refreshments and snacks.
Respect the Coach
Third, respect the coach. Keep your instructions to a minimum and never contradict the coach, as this confuses the child. Foster a good relationship with the coach, too, so the both of you can work together on your child’s development.
Learn the Game
And lastly, learn the game yourself. You won’t be able to relate to your child if you don’t have any idea about what your child is doing. Learn the basic rules so you won’t be screaming at the referee or opponents when your child gets fouled. You wouldn’t want to be one of those parents who pick fights in games just because you thought something was unfair. So do your own learning, as well.