How old do my kids need to be to start playing soccer?
By Soccer Expert  Bryan Monroe

How old do my kids need to be to start playing soccer?
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Kids can play soccer almost from the time they can walk. Who doesn’t love watching a 15-month-old toddler walking/stumbling over a soccer ball? And, after the first kick, you’ll think you’ve got a future soccer pro on your hands.

Peewee Soccer

Try a peewee soccer program for the younger kids. These programs are best suited for 3- and 4-year-olds, with some programs starting as young as 2 and offering different playing levels all the way up to 5- and 6-year-olds.

The activities are designed for younger children, and they typically meet only once a week for about 50 minutes. The focus is on learning and having fun, not on scoring goals and playing organized soccer games.

These programs are great for teaching kids soccer basics like dribbling and kicking. Five- and 6-year-olds are usually ready for more structured play and for the competition offered in recreational soccer leagues.

Recreational Soccer League

Most organized recreational soccer leagues require that kids be at least 4 years old to play. Rec soccer is more structured, with once a week practices during the week and games on the weekends. Kids usually start playing soccer when they are between 4 and 7 years old, although they can start playing at any age. You don’t have to worry about your 4-year-old playing with 7-year-olds. Soccer is organized by age groups so that 4- and 5-year-olds play together (U6 – under 6) and 6- and 7-year-olds play together (U8 – under 8).