The beauty of football is that it reflects the challenges and values of everyone’s life. The values below are almost universal for whoever wants to be successful and supportive to the community. Football teaches a multitude of values that need to be conveyed to the new generation.
Respect. The main foundation of any team sport, including football. Players must respect the game, the referee, the rules, the coach, the public and their teammates. It teaches kids and players from a young age, how to behave in a group and as a community.
Team Spirit. One of the first lessons that you learn on the field is that no one can be successful alone. There is no space for selfishness on the field, and no one player can get all the spotlight. You learn to rely on your teammates as much as on your coach, and even your fans who cheer you on.
Competitiveness. Football equips young minds with the power to overcome adversity. No matter how advanced the opponent is, you learn to give 100% of your capacity to constantly improve and exceed your limits.
Work ethic. Success and victory do not come overnight. It takes a lot of hard work to reach new skills, improve and win games. Football obligates you to work relentlessly and to leave anything that will set you back, in the locker room.
Leadership. Everyone has a role in life. In football, players have specific positions to stick to and each member of the team needs to learn their responsibilities. There is also one leader, or several, who guide the team to fulfill their objectives and be successful.
Emotional Intelligence. Handling victories and defeats is a peculiar process to go through. Either winning or losing, triggers internal battles on the field or in life. Football allows you to keep your two feet on the ground when you are victorious and to challenge and overcome frustrations when you lose, which are two great qualities to have for a successful life.