The regular football season is just about over – but what if you have a soccer-mad youngster who just can’t get enough of the sport?
SoccerKidz run high-quality youth football training in Barnet, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Enfield and other areas of London and East Hertfordshire. We know that there are still plenty of matches to watch and play. Here are just a few of them.
The Women’s World Cup
The eighth Women’s World Cup is being held in France from June 7, and the tournament goes on for a month. England are among the favourites, as third seeds, and their first game is against Scotland on June 9 in Nice. Players like Steph Houghton, Karen Carney and Jill Scott could inspire a new generation of girls to take up the sport if the team is successful.
Other teams expected to do well include the reigning world champions the United States, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the host nation. There will be plenty of TV coverage of the event, with the BBC broadcasting every game – not just those which England are involved in – on TV, radio and online.
The European Finals
There will be more interest than usual in the European club tournament finals this year, as both will be contested by two English teams. The Europa League final will be between Arsenal and Chelsea, and takes place in the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday, May 29.
Liverpool and Tottenham have qualified for the more prestigious Champions League final, on Saturday, June 1. The Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain, is the venue for this fixture. BT Sport has the rights to show both games, and often broadcasts them free to air, so check your TV listings nearer the time!
The Euro Nations League Finals
This is a new men’s tournament. England have qualified for this year’s finals, alongside the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, and they play the Dutch in Guimaraes, Portugal, on June 6. If England win this match they go through to the final in Porto on June 9.
ITV and Sky Sports both have rights to broadcast the tournament. If England are beaten, then don’t worry, because they can still qualify for Euro 2020 via the normal league group system which will be running next season.
An Early Start to the New Season
The Football League season starts in early August, with the initial round of fixtures scheduled for the weekend of Saturday, August 3, so your children won’t have to wait too long to follow a local team after the summer holidays begin. The Premier League kicks off the following weekend (August 10).
Courses with SoccerKidz
The best way to keep your children interested in football is by giving them the chance to play as well as watch. SoccerKidz run youth football training in Barnet, Welwyn Hatfield, Haringey and many other parts of London and East Hertfordshire in the school holidays, at weekends, after school and during the evenings.
In the school holiday courses, the youngsters are initially placed in age groups, although they can be moved up or down a year if we, the parents and the player all agree it would be a good idea. The mornings are taken up with football coaching and skill sessions, while the afternoons consist of fun games and matches. One hour is set aside for lunch.
Whenever the courses are being held, we always make sure it is a rewarding experience for the children. The emphasis is on having fun as well as learning new soccer skills. Our coaches are all trained in first aid and DBS checked, and all have excellent contacts with the leading clubs in the London area, which can help create a pathway into the professional game.
If you would like to know more about the range of courses offered by SoccerKidz then follow this link and fill in the online form. You can also contact us on 07946 260945.