GOAL! Watching the World Cup with Your Kids

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Did someone scream GOOOOAAALL? Yes, you heard that right. It’s time for the Women’s World Cup again!! Before we go any farther, check out the world cup tv schedule for the rest of the beloved soccer tournament here.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about soccer!

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Soccer Basics

For those of you who are casual soccer fans, how about a quick refresher on the rules, world cup style!

  • Each match is a contest between 2 teams of 11 players each.
  • Each team has a goal and one player, the goalie, to defend it.
  • Each game consists of 2 periods of 45 minutes each with a 15-minute break in between.
  • The objective of the game is to kick the ball into the opposing team’s goal.
  • Remember, no hands!
  • The winning team is the one who scores the most goals.
  • In the case of a tie, world cup overtime rules kick in and up to 2 more 15 minute periods will take place.
  • If the teams are still tied, each team kicks five penalty shots and the team with the most shots scored wins
  • If the teams are STILL tied, penalty kicks continue in rounds of 2 until one side has an advantage in a series.

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Even if you don’t know the rules, watching soccer can be a thrilling experience. Watch for fouls and spectacular plays, or marvel at the sheer athleticism that allows these superhumans to full out sprint for almost 90 minutes straight!

US Women’s Team

Speaking of superhumans, the US Women’s Soccer Team is truly dominating right now. Let’s take a look at a few of the standouts. Keep your eye on these ladies!

Julie Ertz is one of the key players on the team. Owing to her playmaking position on the field, she has a knack for scoring goals. Fans and experts say that she is playing her best soccer right now.

Carli Lloyd is one of the co-captains of the current squad. With over 100 goals and more than 50 assists, she will go down in history as one of the most prolific attackers in United States soccer history.

Alex Morgan, another co-captain this year, is one of 7 US Women soccer players to reach 100 international goals. She has played a crucial role in 2 World Cups and 2 Olympics.

Megan Rapinoe is the final co-captain of the squad. She has racked up a combined total of 100 goals and assists. As a winger, Rapinoe has made an indelible mark with her outstanding service.

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Watching as a Family

New Flash:

When you include your kids, watching sports can be a great chance to bond while also imparting some essential life lessons. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help them grow into well-rounded, balanced adults.

Some things to remember:

  • Your kids are watching you, behave accordingly.
  • Use this as a chance to show them grace under pressure. Point out players who display both talent and sportsmanship. Encourage better role models for your children
  • Try not to lose your cool. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush and excitement, but don’t forget that it is just a game.
  • Help your child express both excitement and disappointment in healthy ways.
  • Point out the players as they warm-up and practice. It is essential to show them that even the best of the best have to practice to perform their best.
  • Point out the players who display the best examples of teamwork. Ask your child to watch out for good examples as well, and have him or her point them out to you.

For more on this, check out this excellent article by Fatherly.

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Now let’s switch gears to some fun ideas for soccer themed crafts to do with your kids to prepare for the big game!

  • Help your child show pride for the US by making a US flag to wave. You can print out a template, or if you’re feeling creative, freehand one yourself. Have your child color it with the correct colors. Help him or her mount it on a stick, or you can make several and hang them up all around the room. Your child will enjoy the process of coloring his or her flag and decorating the room.
  • Make and decorate soccer themed cookies or cupcakes. Get creative with colored frosting. Make some green for grass, some white and black for soccer balls and some red and blue for the USA! To make it easier for yourself, pre-make the cupcakes or cookies and have your child decorate either right before or during the game.
  • Pick up a few plain t-shirts and have your child paint a commemorative jersey! Depending on the age and ability of your child, you may want to pick up some sponges or stencils to help them. You can also just let them go on their own. Encourage them to allow their creativity to soar!
  • Make fun and festive pom poms! Just pick out your favorite colors (bonus points for using red, white and blue!) and get crafting.  For a great resource with clear instructions, check this out.
  • For even more fun ideas, check out this impressive list. Pinterest is always a helpful place to look as well!

For avid fans and casual watchers alike, the World Cup is an exciting way for people to come together. It is beautiful to witness the sense of pride and community that forms when a group of people gets together to cheer on their favorite team. 

We at the Twin Cities Kids Club wish you a safe and happy World Cup Season. May your team go all the way!

Be sure to check out Twin Cities Kids Club for more information on local events, as well as discounts and advice.  Become a member today.

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