My little guy is playing real soccer this season on a real team with actual uniforms. They play real games too in their teeny tiny cleats. It cracks me up to see a bunch of five year olds chasing the soccer ball across the mini field. Up until now he has played instructional soccer at the Y and for our township which was basically not soccer and just learning how to kick a ball and run. This season he's playing for our local soccer club and so far he is enjoying it. He has a game every Saturday. This weekend was his third game against another kindergarten team. The kids had fun and scored lots of goals, but they don't keep score because they are supposed to be playing for fun and sportsmanship, not competition at this age. (Thankfully!)
My kiddo is not very aggressive, which is a characteristic I like in him in most situations. The exception, he is almost too polite on the soccer field. We've been trying to encourage him that it's ok to kick the ball away from other players and to jump into the action. This weekend's game he figured out how to get in there and managed to score a goal with assistance from a teammate. We were more excited than him. He said to me, "I just gave the ball a little kick and it went in."
Besides learning how to play on a team and improve his soccer skills, playing for the local soccer club means he also plays with all kids that are in kindergarten at his school. While no one on his team is in his class this year, I hope that establishing these contacts will help as he grows in the school.