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 Winter Indoor Soccer

 

Indoor soccer is a somewhat common sport in the United States, with both amateur and professional leagues dedicated to it.

When  the temperatures drop outside the soccer fan in your house can move to an indoor team and continue as if it were summer. Indoor arenas offer soccer with all the comforts of the indoors, including climate-control and well-lit fields.

Indoor turf provides a better "grip" than grass, making stops and starts quicker so the game is very fast-paced with  lots of running.  The ball is contained by dasher boards and/or  netting so no time is wasted on chasing the ball. Therefore, athletes enjoy more play time and breaks in the action are few.

The objectives and rules of indoor soccer are simple. The object is to score in the opponent's goal and stop them scoring in yours.  The field is smaller and so are the teams -- only five or six people on at a time. Substitutes are made often to eliminate fatigue.

Winter leagues at most facilities begin in mid November, with seasons typically running eight weeks and culminating in a tournament. Most leagues offer two sessions per winter.

Teams usually meet once a week on nights or weekends. Games last 40 - 50 minutes.  A team  usually consist of about 12  players.  In most cases you sign up as a team,  but some facilities will allow you to register as a "free agent" and get matched up.

Equipment needed: Uniform, indoor soccer shoes or cleat-less athletic shoes with good traction, shin guards and a water bottle

Indoor soccer shoes resemble sneakers more than traditional soccer cleats. The fat rubber bottom of the shoe aids traction while preventing damage to indoor surfaces. Players who play soccer both outside and indoors may need to have two pairs of cleats, one designed for each surface.

The Cost  is approximately $600 to $800 per team, per season which is divided evenly among players.