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Soccer For Kids - 3 Benefits of Starting at a Young Age

It has been a long-standing theory that the road to mastering a skill is 10,000 hours long. While this exact number has been debated over time, we can see the evidence in many of our athletic leaders today. There may be the occasional breakout star, such as Francis Ngannou, who is born with the genetics that allows them to succeed at higher levels. However, the fact remains, mastery of a skill is a very long process. Not everyone who starts the 10,000-hour journey makes it to the end. But everyone who begins the journey gains some benefits.

Soccer introduces your child to a number of benefits. Not only in the physical but the mental as well as the social. Soccer is a sport for all ages, but more specifically, soccer for kids is a wonderful way to begin your child's athletic development.

Increased Cardiovascular Capacity

The old phrase, "if you don't use it, you lose it" is a hard fact to deny as we get older. Our cardiovascular system is no exception. From a young age, giving your child the ability to run and use their cardiovascular system for an hour a day ensures their bodies to develop in a healthy manner.

Body Movement and Coordination

While proper movement and coordination may seem to be a minor detail, I encourage you to pay attention to your back right now.

Is your back straight or curved?

I would be willing to bet that a single line of text reminded you to straighten your back. I would also be willing to bet that you are able to breathe better now that you have straightened your back. Data suggests that years of cumulative poor posture and poor body coordination lead to underlying issues such as spine curvature, backaches, headaches, poor sleep, and more. Introducing soccer to kids at a young age encourages their bodies to start developing in the right way.

Understanding the Value of Team Work

As a culture, we have become more and more isolated. We have grown in our ability to communicate with others from across the world but struggle to have a conversation with the person standing next to us. I would go so far as to argue that we need classes to educate individuals on how to have a conversation. While these classes may not exist for children today, we have something far better. Team Sports.

Team Sports encourage young athletes to learn how to work together. When you play on a team you are an important part of something that is bigger than you. From a young age, having this understanding and learning how to succeed in this mindset allows children to understand that they can accomplish more together than they can alone. Not to mention, playing on a team is a great way to make lifelong friends

Soccer for Kids at Dojo Academy

At Dojo Academy, we strive to teach our students how to grow as individual athletes as well as team members. All of our sessions focus on developing the fundamentals of individual skills as well as the fundamentals of how to work as a cohesive unit. We encourage students of all skill levels to play together and compete against each other so they can keep on improving. Flashy skills are cool, but useless in the bigger picture. We aim to develop our young athletes into players with strong foundational skills, and the ability to work with others.

If you are interested in joining our soccer program or finding out more, send us a message at or visit

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