Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. It has a vivid and interesting history in the world of sports and has been played for more than three thousand years, with evidence of soccer being played in during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC; recorded facts also support the fact that Romans and Greeks used to play for fun and frolic. The history of modern-day soccer was established in 1863 with the formation of the Football Association. Soccer’s popularity spread rapidly during the 1800s as British sailors, traders and soldiers introduced the sport to different parts of the globe. FIFA was established in the year 1904 and by early 1930s different leagues were operating from various countries; FIFA is credited with organizing the first world cup. As the game continued to grow in significance, soccer camps were set up to seek the best of the best of each nation. Today, soccer camps are thriving all over the world, dedicated to the young and the young at heart, to the skilled and those seeking to learn the skills. These camps provide opportunities for those who love the game to become fully immersed in it. They provide a venue to share the love of the game.
The World Cup is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 World cup ,and the 2014 World Cup is expected to be by far the most widely viewed sporting event in history. What is it about soccer and soccer camps that attract so many excited fans?
It is a very simple game. Soccer is a game played on a rectangular field with net goals at either end in which two teams of 11 players each try to get a ball into the other team’s goal by kicking, heading, or using any part of the body except the arms and hands. The goalie is the only player who can touch or move the ball with his arms or hands. It is easily played on any surface – we have seen that throughout the World Cup stories – communities of children playing in a dirt field, beside a land fill, in the middle of a vineyard, in a school ground, in a land scarred by bombshells, wherever they could find a space. In addition to being able to play it on any surface, there are few financial barriers as it requires a single ball to participate. In many countries where soccer and soccer camps are the ideal activity, soccer is really the only viable national sport thus increasing its popularity for that country’s population. And probably one of the most important things to increasing the popularity today is the amount of advertisement undertaken, particularly every four years around the World Cup, as well as the incredible talent that each team has.
Camps have become a consistent way to create not only a new pool of talent but also to breed the perfect fan – one that not only loves the game but understands the nuances of the sport and can picture themselves as the ‘hero’ for their country. Most soccer camps are committed to helping children of all ages and abilities to reach their greatest potential both within the game and as an active member of their community. Many of the camps begin providing general skills development in a fun atmosphere for children as young as 5 or 6 years old (often playing in U6 leagues). These soccer camps focus a lot on team building, working as part of a team as opposed to an individual athlete. They also teach basic soccer skills such as footwork, passing, kicks, throw-ins, ball handling, etc. Most camps will attempt to group children not only by age but also by skill level to allow them to build confidence in their game play while having fun doing it.
As long as the game of soccer continues to be so accessible to children all over the world, soccer camps will continue to grow not only in their popularity but also in their necessity. All children should have a chance to play and have fun and do it in a safe environment. Soccer Camps provide this venue.