5 Reasons Why Girls Should Play Football

So Why Should Girls Play Football?
Mention football or soccer, and you probably think of men and boys roughing it up, 11 a side on the field. But today, women’s football is gaining popularity worldwide with an exponential increase in viewership and professional opportunities. FIFA hailed 2019 as a breakthrough year for women’s football. The Women’s World Cup 2019 was watched by 1.12 billion viewers. The USA-Netherlands final was watched by 82 million people, up 56% from the 2015 final. So yes, girls can play football, and even make a career out of it.
Professional women’s leagues are taking off in many countries around the world – with the Women’s Super League in England, National Women’s Soccer League in the USA, Chinese Women’s Super League, and W-League in Australia, to name a few.
 Even if just for leisure, football is a great sport to keep fit and healthy, teaching girls critical skills and values.
1. Enhance Cognitive Brain Function
Soccer helps enhance cognitive brain function, helping girls do better in school. Football is a fast-paced game that requires quick decision-making, hence improving concentration, learning and memory. Research has shown a correlation in physical attributions to mental capacity. In football, players are trained in situations that imposed stress. From a huge goalie to an agile midfielder, those are obstacles and challenges that footballers must learn to work against. This stimulates the footballer to think fast and act fast. At the end of the day, the team that has practiced and anticipated against every opponent strategy always has the edge.
2. Confidence Boost
Through the process of gaining mastery over football, girls develop self-efficacy and self-esteem. Nothing beats real experience when teaching confidence to your kid. As a young female growing up, we will be faced with difficulties. Just like all sports, football is a competitive game where there could only be one winning team. But this is not how we teach soccer here in LCSFA. Losing is merely a stepping stone to being better. Every game and every practice builds confidence and self-efficacy. Building physical strength and endurance also boosts a girl’s self-confidence. This confidence transfers to better handling of other aspects of life off the field too.
3. Teamwork and Goal-setting
Girls learn teamwork and goal-setting skills from football. Playing in a team and working with coaches to strategise how to win games lay the foundations for being a team player and problem-solving – essential skills for school and the workplace in the future.
4. Psychomotor Coordination
The complex movements practised when playing soccer help girls improve coordination. Dribbling, ball mastery, turning and passing are performed at varying speed and direction, pushing girls to react faster and with greater agility. 
5. Dealing With Pressure and Reduce Stress
Girls learn how to deal with pressure in football, and also have reduced stress levels from the exercise. Focusing on the physical and tactical demands of a football game takes the mind off daily stressors, such as school. Being part of a team also means girls make friends who support them on and off the field.
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