Just about any Fall Saturday Morning, you'll find hundreds, if not thousands of kids, all in one location.  The Big Green Soccer Field.

Soccer is alive and well in Lawton Oklahoma for sure.  If you are a lucky Soccer Mom like I was, you know the joy of wet soccer feet, smelly shin guards, and freezing early games.  You'll also know the immense pleasure of watching your child learn valuable life lessons by playing a sport.

I was blessed to have both of my children participate in all levels of soccer.  My youngest, Tyler started at 4, before Lawton even had 4 year old teams.  We just put him on the youngest team around.  He played his entire school life and ended as an all state goal keeper for this high school team.  He earned a scholarship for soccer and played one year in college.  As you might imagine, I'm a fan.  Now, I have grandchildren who play and they may not be quite as competitive as we'd like yet, they have fun, and that's really such a huge part of what soccer is all about.

Lawton Soccer Club (LSC). As a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, LSC is the largest State sanctioned youth soccer league in SWOK. Our Fall Season Registration is now open online on our website. Now is your chance to register for the upcoming Fall Season! LSC provides youth soccer leagues for players aged 3-17. Recreational, Travel Rec, and Competitive teams available! Register between now and September 6th at LawtonSoccerClub.org.

10 Benefits for Playing Soccer

Helps kids stay fit and healthy: Playing soccer is great exercise that improves cardiovascular health, increases coordination, improves strength and enhances flexibility.

Involves teamwork: Soccer players have to work together as a team in order be successful. Teamwork is a skill needed to be successful in school, work and family!

Improves gross motor skills: This is especially important for kids that are weak in this area. It helps strengthen core muscles which allows kids be more physically active thus more healthy!

Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem: Playing a sport, such as soccer, helps kids gain confidence in themselves. They become more comfortable learning new things and performing in front of a crowd. Of course scoring a goal helps too!

Increases social interactions: Since soccer is a team sport, it requires players to communicate through a variety of ways. Players also have to learn how to work together and communicate effectively in order to be successful.

Increases concentration and focus: Playing soccer involves a great deal of focus and attention in order to be successful. Players need to always be aware and alert throughout the game or they will miss important plays and opportunities.

Competition creates motivation and drive: When kids are motivated and driven, they become more successful students and adults.

Involves work ethic and responsibility: Being an athlete requires a certain level of responsibility to your team, your coaches and yourself. Playing sports also requires a good work ethic or success will not be within reach.

Promotes cognitive development: Playing soccer helps kids enhance their visual-spatial awareness as well as problem solving skills. The fast pace of soccer makes kids think quickly and respond. This improves cognitive flexibility.

It’s fun! It is so important for kids to LOVE the sport they play. Soccer is fun and exciting which is why it is one the most popular sport in the world!

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