An affordable sport
Every time a major international competition rolls around, our TV screens are plastered with images of kids playing soccer on makeshift pitches, sometimes even without shoes - proof that soccer is an incredibly popular sport. And playing it doesn't require a huge investment--just a ball. Of course for competitive play you need good equipment, but it's still a very accessible sport.
Socializing with soccer
Soccer is a team sport where you end up rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life. Just like school, soccer teaches you how to function as a part of society.
As a member of a team, you'll develop a sense of team spirit and a drive to do your best for your team mates (or at least, most people will! A few never quite seem to grasp this concept, but that's a different barrel of monkeys...).
It keeps you in shape!
Playing soccer helps keep you fit. It's a strongly cardio-based activity that uses all sorts of muscles, and not just those in the lower body! Your abs, for example, are put to the challenge during a match. Soccer is also a good alternative for both relaxing and having fun at the same time.
It's also a sport which helps channel the energy of young people taking part, which is no small thing.
Soccer, a way of life
Soccer encompasses concepts such as pushing yourself to your limits, developing a taste for sport, competitive spirit, and discipline.
Often the values we develop as soccer players also help us develop on a personal level, and I think the values conveyed through soccer are very positive!