Building Character and Confidence: The Value of Football for Children

This post is brought to you by our partners at Future for Football and the National Football Foundation.

In a world where children are bombarded with digital distractions and sedentary activities, finding ways to engage them in challenging character-building pursuits is essential. As a mom of 3 boys, I know that when my kids aren’t being challenged, they end up bored, bickering and purposeless. Football has been a wonderful outlet for our children to develop their bodies and their character, honing skills that will help them throughout their lives.

Here are just a few of the benefits of football that we’ve noticed:

1. Instilling Discipline and Responsibility: Football demands commitment, punctuality, and adherence to rules. Children learn the importance of attending practice sessions, staying organized, and following instructions – skills that translate into other areas of life, including academics and future careers.

2. Fostering Teamwork and Camaraderie: Football is the epitome of a team sport, teaching kids the value of collaboration and unity. Working together towards a common goal instills the essence of teamwork, encouraging children to rely on each other’s strengths and support one another through challenges.

3. Developing Leadership Skills: On the field, players have opportunities to take charge, make decisions, and lead by example. These experiences nurture leadership qualities that can extend beyond the game, empowering kids to become leaders in their schools, communities, and beyond.

4. Enhancing Physical Fitness: Football is a physically demanding sport that helps children build strength, endurance, and agility. Engaging in regular physical activity not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but also boosts self-esteem and body confidence.

5. Teaching Resilience and Perseverance: In football, setbacks and failures are inevitable. Children learn to bounce back from losses, adapt to changes, and keep pushing forward. These experiences develop resilience and the ability to face challenges with determination.

6. Cultivating Respect and Sportsmanship: The sport encourages players to treat opponents, coaches, and referees with respect, promoting good sportsmanship. These values extend beyond the field, shaping children into respectful and considerate individuals.

7. Time Management and Prioritization: Balancing school, practice, and games requires effective time management. Children participating in football learn to prioritize their commitments, develop routines, and manage their schedules efficiently.

8. Boosting Self-Confidence: As kids master football skills and contribute to their team’s success, their self-confidence soars. This newfound self-assurance extends beyond the field, positively impacting academic pursuits and social interactions.

9. Nurturing Mental Toughness: Football challenges young athletes both physically and mentally. The ability to stay focused under pressure, make quick decisions, and maintain composure cultivates mental toughness that serves kids well in various aspects of life.

10. Building Lifelong Friendships: The bonds formed on the football field often lead to lasting friendships. Kids forge connections with teammates that extend beyond the game, creating a sense of belonging and a supportive network.

Football offers a wealth of benefits for kids, encompassing character development, physical fitness, and lifelong skills.

Want to explore football opportunities in your area?

The organization Future for Football, sponsored by the National Football Foundation, recognizes the sport’s capacity to shape well-rounded individuals who excel not only on the field but in all aspects of their lives. Using their League Finder, you can search by city and state to find the league that’s closest to you, whether it’s flag, tackle, or for adults or kids.

In addition to the league finder, Future for Football offers a variety of resources for parents and players, including youth and high school football rules and a list of recommended equipment.

Visit to find a league near you.


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Shannon Mangerchine
Shannon recently moved to Columbus with her husband, Jeremy, and three sons, Noah, Eli and Zeke. She left a career in Human Resources to take on her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. During this time, she and her husband founded a non-profit called Bastion Resources with the purpose of inspiring others to live a life of intimacy with God. Shannon is passionate about creating community and engaging in meaningful conversation around the dinner table. Recently, she created The Intentional Daily Journal to help people live with more purpose and clarity, which is available for purchase on Amazon. In her free time, Shannon enjoys all types of fitness, trying new restaurants, reading books, coffee dates with friends and hanging at the park with her family. Shannon is constantly creating new healthy recipes and sharing them on her blog Healthy Mom Healthy Family.