Beyond the Game: Strengthening Relationships through FCM Youth Soccer

It’s that time of year again!  Soccer season is about to start.  The focus of the FCM Youth Soccer League program is to offer all children the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of soccer in a safe, supportive, and fun environment conducive to developing both athletic and team skills.  In addition to developing these skills, the league can also be used to build and strengthen relationships.  Here are some practical suggestions that can assist in building these relationships.

Strengthening Family Relationships:

  • Reinforce Lessons: At Faith Community Ministries, we believe that sports are about more than just developing skills and having fun (although we work really hard at both of those). We also want kids to learn important life lessons–not based on a vague moral code, but based on the Bible. Here are some specific ways you can help reinforce those lessons off the field:
    • Practice the memory verse: Each day practice the weekly memory verse with your child and talk about what it means.
    • Ask meaningful questions: Ask them the basics–like what they liked, didn’t like, etc. But seize the opportunities to discuss other meaningful points: What did you think about how Johnny responded when x happened? What’s the right way to respond? How did you show God’s love for others today? How can we help someone in need next week?
    • Pray: Pray with your child before each soccer practice
  • Give encouragement: Cheer for your child and team during the game.  At the end of each game, give your child a hug and tell them how proud you are of them.
  • Spend time together: Practice various soccer drills at home with your child.

Building Community Relationships:

  • Invite Others: Invite your neighbors, friends, family and co-workers to sign their children up for FCM Youth Soccer.
  • Socialize: Each week sit next to different people and talk about the game.
  • Encourage Others: Encourage your child to cheer on other teammates and celebrate in their successes.
  • Be prepared to share: When the weather is cold and wet, bring extra gloves and hats to share with teammates who may have forgotten theirs.
  • Show hospitality: Invite other parents from the team over to your house for dinner.

If you have other ideas on how to use youth soccer as a tool to strengthen relationships share them here!  Or if you have tried any of these ideas, let us know how it went.  We welcome and value your input and stories!

Carol Locke