My son hates playing football and so does his Dad, so he never offered to play it with him. I am sure if he had asked my husband would have given it a go, but he didn’t. In fact, he made it quite clear that he thought it was daft and had plenty of other interests to keep him occupied.
But I know in some situations – new school, birthday parties and so on – there were times when he wished he did. One of the boys would undoubtedly bring a football and they would all charge outside. My son would then face the dilemma of being alone or playing a game he disliked and wouldn’t be very good at. It did seem that sometimes he was at a bit of a disadvantage and if he opted to sit it out we would hear the inevitable, ‘He doesn’t like football?.
I have come across the same reaction from many parents with sons who simply live for the game, but also many others who worry about the social side for a son who hates playing football. Football has become the standard bonding game which is great if you enjoy it. But plenty of boys don’t and just need a bit of time to realise this and find other like-minded friends.