My daughter is nine. She is new to playing soccer. She was ready to give up and the coach really encouraged her to just have fun. Then she won a medal for team work. It made ALL the difference. I love the fact that the coaches and parents focus on the kids having fun, and that they are NOT super competitive. Yes, it’s a game, and yes there is a winning team. But the kids get to enjoy the game, win or lose, new or experienced, skilled or not so much. The love of the game, the skills and the positive attributes (like teamwork) are the main focus. My daughter will be back in the fall!