Youth Soccer Month celebrates the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels. It also focuses on four main messages:
Fitness: The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
Fun: Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
Family: Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
Friendship: The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
Plans for Youth Soccer Month include working with local leadership to organize grassroots public-affairs campaigns, numerous local events, media-relations initiatives and more.
Interest in the sport of soccer is at its highest level ever in the United States, with more than 19 million children, ages five to 19, participating regularly. Notably, more children are participating in organized soccer than peewee football, youth basketball or Little League baseball.
Also, be sure to check out the Womens World Cup action that starts this Monday. Read national team member Lori Chalupny's blog on her World Cup experience in China.