In a number of countries soccer is a relatively new sport, and often parents have no knowledge of the local soccer scene or how to choose the right soccer club for their child. Selecting the right environment for your child is paramount to ensure that they enjoy playing soccer and develop, not only as fit and healthy soccer players, but even more importantly that they develop as good people, socially aware, able to deal with success and failure, embrace a team spirit and learn about responsibilities. Playing soccer can help develop all of these qualities as long as the environment that they are playing in endorses and promotes these qualities.
Your Initial Short List
It should be relatively easy to find a number of soccer clubs in your local area. Clubs normally belong to “An Association”, and often there are a few associations that operate in a city or area. For instance, in Melbourne, where I live, in a city of 4mil people there are at least 3 associations, The Football Federation of Victoria, The Churches League, and the Bayside League. A simple Google search for “soccer clubs Melbourne” should bring up a list of locally based soccer clubs, and from that list you should be able to narrow down to 5 or 6 that are local, say within 5km from where you live. By looking at the clubs website, you will probably be able to gauge how suitable the club is for further investigation.