This term was made popular during the 1996 Presidential election to describe a key demographic of mothers who spend lots of time driving their kids to and from soccer games and practice.
Because it’s fun. Globally, soccer is extremely popular. In 1996 the Women’s soccer team was on fire. Moms would rather see their kids grow up playing outside, making friends and learning self-discipline and teamwork. It may also be safer than American football.
The average age of a soccer mom was between 25 and 35 years old, and now, the ages vary. The largest category of soccer players in the USA is youth soccer, both boys and girls. That’s pretty cool. It’s a fairly inexpensive sport to get into, all you need is a soccer ball and shoes.
Soccer moms love the soccer community – the energy of the cheering, and the socialization with other soccer moms and their kids.
You know your kids will make friends, learn teamwork, and self-discipline. These days, it is all too common for kids to get into spending more and more time indoors on their cell phone than outside exercising in the fresh air.
We are working on a nationwide list of leagues to join depending on where you live. Google, or friends at school is a great place to start. Soccer as a sport, is less expensive to get started in.
Your coach will let you know what the team uniform consists of. As a mom, you may want to invest in a mouthguard, padded pants, and a good pair of goalkeeper gloves if your child becomes the keeper of the team. (finger -savers are recommended)
Practice. Practice. Practice. Footwork requires some fancy footwork, so pay attention to your training to avoid sprains.see above. Make sure your kids are hydrated and have had a good breakfast and or lunch before playing.
Everyone has a bad day sometimes. It’s not the end of the world! It’s more important to play a fair game and have fun. Being on a team helps kids be supportive of one another
If you are playing on the beach, or outdoors check out what we recommend for the soccer bag here. Indoor playing probably won’t need the sunscreen. Balancing soccer with other activities can be tough to schedule. But soccer games aren’t as long as other sports, so your child can get all the benefits of a team sport and still have time for homework and other appointments.
Soccer as a sport has social, and athletic value. It can build strong bodies, strong minds, and a sense of citizenship. Soccer brings families closer together, providing time to share with each other. As a soccer mom, you are so much more than a chauffeur, you are the facilitator of a healthy, active lifestyle.