Soccer is one of the world’s most popular sports, with millions (if not billions) of fans all across the world, in every country, and every continent (except, perhaps, Antarctica). People of all races, nationalities, religions, sexes, and creeds come together to participate in this beloved athletic tradition. Even towns with less than 200 people in Costa Rica and Guatemala (among other countries) have soccer fields. In a way, soccer (or “football” outside of the U.S.) is a universal language.
Soccer is even gaining popularity in the U.S. Although American football, baseball, hockey, and basketball are ultimately more popular, soccer has a strong following — particularly among children. Soccer is one of the leading extracurricular sports offered in American schools. In general, American children love to play sports. More than 60% of children in the U.S. play sports outside of school. More than 20 million children between the ages of 6 and 17 play sports in or outside of school.
With numbers like these, it’s little wonder why soccer tours to Europe and South America are becoming popular with young American athletes. Youth soccer tournaments can be hosted anywhere, technically, but international soccer tours are a wonderful opportunity for children to explore the world and participate in soccer while doing it. Whether it is a small youth league made up of 10 year-olds or a well-funded private high school soccer team that goes on tour, chances are the soccer players will not get bored or disappointed. Soccer travel is just that: travel. Travelling in itself is a wonderful way of exposing children to the wonders of the world. Lessons learned from travelling in a group can also be applied to the soccer field itself.
So, if you’re looking for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience for child soccer players, organizing a soccer tour overseas is one of the best options at your disposal.
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