Program Feature: SOCCER

Soccer Information Troop Meetings Main Event


Get Your Kicks Playing the World’s Most Popular Sport

Many sports, including baseball, basketball, and American-style football, are younger than the United States. Not soccer. This sport began more than 3,000 years ago. There are ancient written accounts and graphic illustrations of Chinese soldiers kicking a ball made of leather and stuffed with animal hair. The ancient Greeks and Romans played the game, too, and as the Roman Empire grew, so did the game.

Today, soccer—which is known as football in most places—is without a doubt the most popular sport in the world. When the World Cup finals are held every four years, more than 700 million people tune in to watch. That’s 1 out of every 10 people on the planet!

Part of soccer’s appeal is that it is a simple game. The object is to kick the ball into the opposing team’s goal. To play, all you need is a ball, two goals, and two teams of players. Because of its simplicity, children everywhere play this sport whenever they can find a ball and a flat space to run around.

This month’s program will help you learn more about soccer. While you may never make it to the World Cup, you will learn plenty about teamwork and fitness and have a great time along the way.

Soccer Information Troop Meetings Main Event