It’s Important To Ask Yourself These Questions

At FFPS, we are often asked at what age a child should start playing youth soccer. It is a valid question and one we are eager to help answer to our best ability. You may recall the saying “it’s never too late to try something new,” but as a parent you may be worried that your child is too old to begin playing soccer. Will it be difficult as a beginner? Are they too old? Will they be angry at you, as a parent, for encouraging this now potentially?

On the other end, you could have a younger child, immediately showing signs they are interested in playing youth soccer, but you are not sure if they are “old enough” to start playing. Can my child even grasp the game of soccer? Will they not maintain interest in soccer? Should I just wait until they are older and more mature? All of these are especially important questions to reflect upon. 

It’s Not Too Early OR Too Late

So, the question remains, at what age should you register your child in youth soccer at FFPS? The response could be unique for every child. Rather than just focusing on their age alone, the main thing to consider when placing them in youth soccer is making sure they are receiving age-appropriate instruction in a positive environment that fosters a love for soccer. We offer youth soccer leagues for kids aged 4-18, but we know a 4-year-old learns completely different than a 10-year-old. A positive environment can make all the difference in the experience your child has regardless of the age they start playing youth soccer at. 

Creating a Positive Environment for Everyone!

Creating a safe place for children of all ages to enjoy youth soccer is an incredibly important aspect of our core philosophy at FFPS. We do not allow any derogatory comments or persistent yelling that would belittle, distract, or embarrass players. “We ask that if you must yell, use encouragement! Finally, we teach coaches and parents to use one of these four words before they say anything, Go…. Good…. Great…. Nice! 

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