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How to Introduce Preschoolers to Soccer

By Amber Rock, VeryWellFamily, 10/19/18, 12:00PM CDT

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When it comes to soccer, the obvious action is to get the ball into the goal, but the defense also plays a critical role in the game, if not now, but when the children get older.

If you are looking to introduce your preschooler to the world of kids' sports, soccer is a great game to start with. Through youth soccer, little ones can acquire, firsthand, practical knowledge about teamwork, sportsmanship, taking turns and cooperation, all while engaging in physical fitness and learning the basic rules of the game.

Check With Your Local Group for Their Rules

  • Typically, preschool soccer leagues start accepting children around age 3 or 4 but check with your local group to find out how they operate.
  • Some leagues play in the spring or the fall, while many do both.
  • Depending on the league, you'll need to get a uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks), a soccer ball (preschoolers usually play with a lighter, smaller ball), shin guards and cleats (although many leagues allow children to play wearing sneakers).