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Today’s young professionals tend to work long hours behind a desk. Because of this, millions of people across the country remain mostly sedentary, and much of their networking occurs in the digital world. More and more young professionals today are discovering the benefits of social sports. Here are five ways in which social soccer leagues can help you expand your networks.
#1 – You Meet People Face-to-Face
Much of today’s professional networking occurs digitally, and many people have extensive networks filled with people they have never even met. Though this can be quite beneficial, digital communication is not as powerful as communicating face-to-face. Social soccer leagues give young professionals the opportunity to meet others who share the same interests. Over time, as these individuals get to know each other, the benefits of networking make themselves apparent.
#2 – There are Thousands of People Participating
One of the biggest challenges involved in professional networking is actually finding people who work in the same industry or a complementary industry. For younger professionals who do not have the same knowledge or experience as their older counterparts, this can be even more challenging. Social sports are comprised of thousands upon thousands of people, so the odds of meeting other individuals who can truly benefit your professional career in some way are much higher.
#3 – Social Sports Can Help You Stay Connected
While it’s always nice to have a long list of people in your network, if you don’t take the time to engage with them from time to time, they will likely forget who you are and what you do. Social soccer offers the opportunity for people within the same network to gather, have fun, blow off some steam, and talk about the different ways in which they can help one another succeed.
#4 – You Can Demonstrate Good Sportsmanship
Growing your professional network is one thing; showing that you are someone who can truly benefit those in your network is something else entirely. Social soccer gives you a chance to connect, and at the same time, they give you the opportunity to prove you can be a good sport. For many people, and especially those you would like to work with, being able to demonstrate teamwork, sportsmanship, and the ability to strategize to win could help you in the long run.
#5 – It Proves Your Dedication
Social soccer leagues come with relatively long seasons that play from April through November. Most of the games occur weekly. Being able to meet up with your teammates each and every week over the course of several months proves your dedication to the game, and it shows you will not readily let anyone down. Others will want to add you to their network when they see you are dedicated like this.
Social soccer is beneficial in many ways. It gives young professionals the opportunity to go outside where they can get some fresh air and exercise. Aside from this, it also provides an outstanding opportunity to meet others, and over time, it can help significantly expand professional networks.
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