Sports play a fundamental role in a child's development. For this reason, it’s important to introduce your child to sport. This summer, why not start with the world's most popular game: Soccer. Played across the globe, soccer is fun, exciting and relatively inexpensive. And with soccer teams in virtually every region across Canada, enjoying the game is very accessible.

There are a number of things to consider before choosing a team:

• Which fields do the teams in your hometown play on – will they be close to home?

• Does your child have a friend who would like to play soccer too? This will not only make the experience more fun, but will also help with things like carpooling.

• Is the focus of the team fun or competitive? Make sure it is the right fit for your child.

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the great weather with an outdoor sport like soccer.