The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 will bring elite women’s soccer to France this month. This time around, Canada will field a spirited and experienced squad that should be a lot of fun to watch.
If this World Cup is anything like the ones we’ve witnessed in recent times, it will be the stage for extraordinary performances by extraordinary women and that simple fact could ignite thousands of girls to take up the game. That’s critical because soccer is a simple and essential activity that can be played anywhere, by anyone.
Not only will these world-class athletes perform essential movement skills like running, weaving, dribbling, and kicking the ball, but they also model critical life skills. These players are driven, purposeful, resilient, and confident.
The most beautiful game indeed.
Inspire girls to get involved
If your kids are excited about watching these amazing soccer players throughout the month, you can help them respond to the inspiration even if you’ve never played soccer yourself. Complement the achievements of these role models with simple, everyday action.
- If your daughter (or son) doesn’t play soccer, start with our “How to teach kids to kick” step-by-step guide. It’s simple and lots of fun.
- Watch some matches as a family and talk with your kids about what they’re noticing and what they’re enjoying.
- Playing with your children is more important than you know. It’s easy to be a role model for your kids, and you’ll instill lifelong habits in them. So after watching an exciting game, grab a soccer ball and head out to your backyard or local park. Play some fun soccer activities or just kick the ball around.
- Long after the World Cup is over, keep your kids engaged in age-appropriate activities that will continue to develop their competence, motivation, and confidence to be active for life.