An Insider’s Guide to Being a First-Time Soccer Parent

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The new school year will be here before you know it, and that means a new soccer season is right around the corner! If it’ll be your first season as a soccer parent, it can be overwhelming. There’s a lot going on! There are carpools to coordinate, snacks to pack, matches (both home and away) to attend, and people to meet. Your women’s soccer experts have outlined the basics to get you through the first of many soccer seasons.

What to Know:

  • Be Early: There’s a reason for the term “Soccer Mom.” Between school, homework, practices, and games, having a kid that plays soccer means a lot of juggling schedules. Always plan to be earlier than you need to be.

  • You’re Not the Coach: Your job as a soccer parent is to support your kid on the field. Cheering is important, but it’s also important to make sure your coach can do their job! Be loud, be supportive, but don’t be distracting.

  • Be Encouraging: If this is your child’s first soccer season, they might be nervous, so find something specific to praise after each game. Let them know about their great pass, incredible goal, or awesome defense. It’s important for them to have encouragement when trying a new sport.

What to Bring to the Field:

  • A Chair: No, seriously. The chair is important. Games and practices are long, and you don’t want to be standing the entire time. Invest in a quality, comfy chair — you’ll be sitting in it a lot!

  • A Blanket/Toys: If you’re bringing along younger family members, it’s important to make sure they have something to entertain them. Spread the blanket out to create a play area and provide toys to keep them busy.

  • Sunscreen/Bug Spray: Soccer fields are notorious for having no shade. Make sure to stay protected from both the sun and bugs by packing sunblock and a good hat!

  • Snacks: Soccer practice and games may happen when it’s normally mealtime. To hold you and your family off until, bring some snacks and bottles of water..

  • Drinks: Even at 6pm, the Florida sun is still beating down. Make sure you stay hydrated. Pack a few bottles of water and a few sports drinks for electrolytes.

Be on time. Be supportive. Have snacks. With these basic tips from your women’s soccer experts, you’ll be on track to a great soccer season! For more tips on how to fuel up on game day, taking the perfect picture, or simply survive the Florida heat, check out our blog.