At what age should you start soccer? What you need to know before starting to learn

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Soccer is one of the most popular sports for children in Japan, and an increasing number of schools are making soccer a required subject in their classes.

There are probably many parents who would like their children to learn soccer as well.

The question that many parents have is, “At what age should my kid start?” This article will discuss the question of when to start soccer lessons.

In this article, we will introduce some points that you should know before starting to learn soccer.

At what age should you start soccer? What you need to know before starting to learn

At what age should my kid start learning soccer?

There is no definitive answer as to the appropriate age to start learning to play soccer,

However, the earlier you start, the faster you will become accustomed to the ball, and the more athletic and coordinated you will become.

 Can be learned from 3 years old.

Each soccer school in Japan is different, but organizations that offer integrated education (toddler through high school) through soccer can start at the age of 3.

Practices for young children often incorporate play (e.g., running, playing with a ball, etc.) and are designed to build basic physical fitness and familiarity with the ball.

In fact, Osako and Hasebe, who were active in the Japan national team, started at the age of 3.


 It’s not too late to start in the upper grades.

Learning to play soccer from 4th~6th grade is not too late, although there will be a difference compared to children who started as toddlers.

Rather, the best time for athletic development (golden age) is 9~12 years old, so some children start at this age and grow rapidly.

Many children have experienced a variety of sports by this time and learn soccer from them.


 The best time is when the child wants to play soccer.

Age is also important when it comes to the timing of learning soccer, but above all, it is best to start learning when the child is motivated.

When a child is motivated to learn a sport, his/her absorption ability and athletic growth will increase dramatically.

However, if your child has been playing other sports since he/she was a toddler and suddenly wants to start playing soccer, it is a good idea to talk with your child often to make sure whether he/she really wants to play or not, and to take a trial lesson before making a decision.



 Take a trial lesson first.

Most soccer schools offer a variety of training programs based on age and level, but the range of instructional content varies considerably from school to school, so it is a good idea to take a trial lesson first before applying for the soccer/football school.

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