A lot of my daughters’ friends play soccer – pulling on their shin guards, lacing up those cleats, and heading off to the field for practice or a game – just like so many other little girls across the world do each week. Eight and under is a great age group – they are old enough to “get it”, understand the rules and are starting to get past that giant “soccer worm” mentality.
Kimberly at the Silicon Valley Moms site wrote a great piece on her experience with girls soccer and her daughter being an U8. From her post:
More like “real soccer,” is how my daughter defined the U8 play. Real soccer indeed. Many of the girls may not even be four feet tall, but they play at a level rivaling my old high school team, complete with take away slides, shoulder bumps and attempts at tricky footwork. The skill growth is impressive, but more surprising is the cut throat competitiveness accompanying it.
Keep us posted Kimberly – sounds like it is going to be a fun season!