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Take A Look At The FIFA World Cup Posters (1930-2014) What Parents Should Know About This Sport

Updated on August 18, 2014

Soccer/ Football Is An Entertaining Sport Embraced All Around The World But Is This Sport Right For Your Child?

Soccer/Football is an entertaining sport. Young children and adults alike are mesmerized by the skill and technique of the talented players. Some kids have dreams of someday going pro.

The competitive sport is played by boys, girls, women and men. A Highly noted event is the World FIFA World Cup, which is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

The championship has taken place every four years, (2014 will be held in Brasil) since the inaugural tournament in 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 when due to the Second World War.

Young kids who have a love for soccer dream of making it big one day, in hopes of making it to the FIFA World Cup Series. And of course there are many driven parents that invest in their child's dream to one day make it big.

Like any sport there are some things that parents should know before they invest in this highly competitive sport.

Does Your Child Have The David Beckham "It Factor?"

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by Petr Kratochvil

What Parents Should Know

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The Greed

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My Interview with Dave 36

Many parents believe that perhaps their child may have The David Beckham "It Factor". However, this is not a realistic dream. Many will try, but only a few will make it.

Personally, I've never played the sport, however my daughter played when she was younger and it was only for year. My daughter's team was undefeated. Very cute to watch little tiny girls chasing the ball, however I did notice that the coach's daughter played non-stop in all the games. I looked at the sport as something to do.

However, after having the chance to interview a fellow Hubber Dave 36, I was able to gain more insight surrounding this popular sport. If you are a parent who believes your child may have shot at the pros and you are willing to invest the time and energy in the sport, here are some things that you may want to take into consideration, through the helpful insight of a football player who engaged in this sport at an early age up until his teen years.

Dave 36

I was 16 years old when i had a few serious ankle injuries, which ended my dream altogether. I did play for our school/town & country; I never got any experience as an apprentice Pro Footballer. It was a completely different game in those days, as far as scouting for potential Footballers in my day. For example, if you had the potential to make it as a pro, you had to go looking for trials etc. Now, they're spending millions scouting for new talent, and believe it or not, there's even a ONE year old kid whose been signed for a club! A 1-year-old?

Me and a couple of other players did manage to get "spotted", as we got to the last 8 of the National School Boys Cup. No other secondary school had ever got even in it, let alone that far.

Dave shares a common view that many spectators are concerned about when viewing all competitive sports, greed.

Dave 36

Football like most other sports has been ruined. They have to spend millions now looking for new talent, because there's hardly any kids playing those sports now, the reason being is that the game has become too big, and everyone watching is now being conditioned to armchair spectators of sports & life in general. Sports are being pushed on us through the T.V/Playstation/Xbox etc.

In fact our main league in the UK (The Premiership) makes me sick to my stomach, there's literally Billions of pounds being wasted. Players being paid 200/300 thousand quid a week while kids are starving somewhere, in my opinion this is a complete disgrace to the human race.

What Parents Should Know About This Sport

Just like any sport parents should make sure that the drive to play the sport comes from the interest of the child. Like any sport injuries can occur, and the risk of getting burnt out is a concern. Make sure that money is not the key motive. Children should learn to chase after principle and not the deceptive power of money, which can also lead to corrupt jealousy.

Dave shares that Football was there for him during his troubled childhood. Outlets such as the "Now" moment, helped Dave to focus on the sport rather than his troubled childhood. Sports can be a positive path to keep children out of discomforting situations.

I believe that Dave sums it up best.

Dave 36

What's the best thing to do over the weekend? Play baseball with your family/friends? Or watch baseball with your family/friends? So, i reckon we're being taught to watch stuff, instead of doing stuff.

If you're going to do anything in life make sure you do so out of enjoyment and not duty. Sports should not be a greedy pastime event, nor should it be an enduring-burden.

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