Free play has been shown to produce higher levels of physical activity than organized sports.
According to the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, physically active children and teens:
- have up to 40% higher test scores
- are 15% more likely to attend college
- have lower levels of depression and self-derogation
- higher self esteem into adulthood
The Community Ball Box concept was an idea incubated by the GOALS Council, an action-oriented group of leaders in the soccer space working together to better the sport for the next generation, to encourage free-play opportunities for more children.
Our hope is to inspire you to look at ways to make soccer or a soccer more more accessible in your community. Feel free to use the plans we have provided, or create your own spin-off of the Community Ball Box. Our ask, is that you just make sure to send us a picture and share any learnings that you’ve had!