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Play is defined along a continuum as more or less playful using a set of behavioral and dispositional criteria:
PLAY IS PLEASURABLE. Children must enjoy the activity or it is not play.
PLAY IS INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATED. Children engage in play simply for the satisfaction the behavior itself brings. It has no extrinsically motivated function or goal.
PLAY IS PROCESS ORIENTED. When children play, the means are more important than the ends.
PLAY IS FREELY CHOSEN. It is spontaneous and voluntary. If a child is pressured, she will likely not think of the activity as play.
PLAY IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED. Players must be physically and/or mentally involved in the activity.
PLAY IS NON-LITERAL. It involves make-believe. Play benefits cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
Source: Krasnor & Pepler, 1980; Rubin, Fein, & Vandenberg, 1983
Yours in physical preparation for soccer and life,