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Rethinking Soccer (a return to chaos)

    We’ve all seen it—straight white lines painted on the grass, over-organized drills leaving straight lines of kids waiting for their turn to kick the ball, and well-meaning coaches giving tactical advice to a bunch of bored youngsters who are confused because they thought this “game” they signed up for was supposed to be fun. You can find this picture of classic youth soccer every Saturday morning across the country. It is American engineering’s formula for the game of soccer.


More than a Formula

    The problem with this American soccer formula is that it has reduced the world’s most beautiful game into just that—a formula! Youth soccer coaches have been working diligently for years to develop the most efficient process to reach the ultimate goal, winning. But in striving for efficiency and winning, we’ve lost what the game has to offer our youth. We’ve missed that soccer can be one of the best developmental tools for preparing our children for life. Now we all know that winning isn’t everything, right? I mean that message is far from revolutionary. But it is also far from actually being implemented. Not that we don’t want to instill in our children that there is more than winning. It is just that actually putting that message into practice is so much harder than simply preaching it. Every time you read a news article or turn on the TV you are bombarded with winning. The stories are all about winning: who is likely to win, what are their chances of winning, who won, how they won, why they won. (And these “winning questions” are in no way limited to just sports…business deals, legal battles, political elections, foreign policy…the list goes on.)

We are brainwashed to focus on winning. We prize the statistical win above all the natural elements that can maximize a developmental sporting experience. Andy Barney, author of Training Soccer Legends, explains that this emotional win/loss rollercoaster is counter-productive to learning and consistent positive growth. The only approach that makes educational sense is one that focuses on individual creative moments of success. For HappyFeet and the Legends Soccer Club, these “individual creative moments of success” create the foundation for our coaching curriculum.

Our Programs

    Everything we do, from HappyFeet classes and birthday parties to Legends skill sessions and games, is designed to teach and encourage our players to take a risk, try a new skill—and when they do, we celebrate it as if that risk or attempted skill was in fact winning the game! It is our mission to build into our coaches, parents, and players the understanding that the process—practicing, attempting new skills, developing mental and physical coordination—is the win, not simply the means to a win.

    So try one of our HappyFeet or Legends programs. Don’t come expecting white painted lines or even players standing in lines. Come expecting organized chaos on the field where your child will have a blast while getting hundreds of touches on a soccer ball. Expect a coach that knows how to teach and encourage your child to take a risk and try a new move or shot. And remember when your little soccer star takes that risk—that’s your cue to throw your hands in the air and celebrate like crazy!


HappyFeet is a preschool fitness program that introduces soccer to preschoolers as young as two years old. Our fun, proven program utilizes a child's imagination to tame their "Bob the Bobcat" soccer ball, take him on adventures, play games, and sing songs while learning dynamic soccer skills and ball handling.

  • Join our year-round, 8-week soccer leagues on the weekends.  We'll even form a team for your play group or friends.
  • Register your child for our preschool enrichment program through YOUR preschool.

We're committed to helping children form healthy exercise habits using the world's most popular game, SOCCER! Your child will look forward to their favorite day of the week, HappyFeet Day!

The benefits are amazing! The kids love the fun games! As children learn the physical skills, they build confidence and self-concept that applies to other sports and to life in general. HappyFeet is a success for Kids, Parents, and School Owners and Directors!


Benefits All Around!

Convenient! Working parents rejoice! 

    No need to leave work early to get your child to organized sports. We come directly to your childcare center, which saves you time and money. In this fast paced world filled with after-work and after-school activities, HappyFeet alleviates the stress of traveling and packing up your family during busy traffic times. That means more time at home as a family.

Gives kids the edge!

    Kids are starting sports earlier and earlier. In this ultra-competitive environment, HappyFeet gives your child a decided advantage and a head start. At an early age, your children will begin to form positive feelings toward exercise, goal setting, confidence, and muscle memory (firing those neurons & exercising brains).

Your children are in good hands!

    Our coaches are professionally trained and experienced in soccer and early childhood education. They have a game plan for every scenario and are Kids-Safe Certified with extensive background checks.

A program like no other!

    HappyFeet's unique philosophy and innovative curriculum is ground-breaking. You won't believe what your children can do until you see it for yourself.

Springfield HappyFeet

P.O. Box 8952 
Springfield, Missouri 65801
Phone : 417-501-6019
Email : [email protected]
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