Why Play Soccer Indoor?

Why play soccer indoor?

“It improves the player’s outdoor soccer game..” Chris Harris.

“It can greatly reduce risk of injury..” Adam Allerton.

“Playing indoor soccer can be an important platform in the development of the elite youth soccer player..” Anson Dorrance.

“All players will benefit from the demands indoor soccer puts on players..” Chris Mitchell.

“Indoor soccer is a great way for young players to hone their skills..” Brian Lee.

“Indoor Soccer is a fast, skillful and high scoring game..” Gordon Jago.


The addition of a first class indoor soccer facility is an asset to the development of soccer in any community.

Chris Harris

Referee, Former Coach, Director of Bands for Owasso Public Schools.

Greetings Owasso Soccer Club Recreational coaches!

Some of you may know me. My name is Chris Harris. I am a referee, former coach and manage to play a couple of times a week (barely!). I am also the Director of Bands for Owasso Public Schools. Chances are I have seen you on the pitch or at a concert at some point!

I coached an OSC Girls Rec team for 5 years…U9 through U14. I was just a dad who got thrown in there! I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I miss it every day and even get a bit nostalgic knowing that I can’t get that group of girls together again…they have all moved on. And every time I ref a Rec game it all comes rushing back!

My team never won the league. We are in last place a lot early on…came in second a couple of times. I basically learned from other coaches to focus on two things: basic skills and fitness. This is why I am sending you this note.

My girls made their biggest improvement in outdoor soccer when I did one simple thing: I got them to play a 40 minute indoor game once a week in the offseason. We didn’t practice. Just showed up once a week for less than an hour and played hard! We were a completely different team when the next outdoor season started. The girls loved it. They got more touches on the ball (since it never goes out of bounds). They were dog-tired after the matches, but were smiling. And it transferred straight into the Spring outdoor season.

I know, I know…it’s Rec soccer. Nobody wants to play all year…that’s why it’s Rec, right? I get it. But, I found that my team had more fun when they were fit and could run a whole game. Taking three months off makes it hard to get started again. And their skills got better because they had more endurance during skill sessions.

Carmelo Scalone at Indoor Soccer & Sports Owasso runs two winter sessions that start in early November, 8 game schedules. Don’t worry, he can work around the end of your outdoor schedule. Or maybe you can wait and play the second session. Check out his website at http://issowasso.com or give him a call.

Thanks for reading. I truly love the soccer community in Owasso and hope to stay involved for a long time.

why play soccer indoor

Adam Allerton

Academy Director, Baton Rouge Soccer Club

“Providing an opportunity for players to train and play on a “sustained” surface has numerous beneficial qualities that can contribute to a player’s accelerated development. From a periodizational aspect, futsal or indoor soccer can act as a cross training activity, which is paramount to a player’s athletic development. It can also greatly reduce the risk of injury by utilizing varied muscle groups while others are resting. Due to the quick intermittent bursts of speed, indoor soccer relies heavily on an anaerobic energy system. This creates an ” interval training” setting, which is an excellent way for soccer players to condition.”

Anson Dorrance

Head Coach, UNC Women’s Soccer

“Playing indoor soccer can be an important platform in the development of the elite youth soccer player. Because of the smaller numbers of players it offers more touches on the ball than the 11v11 game and this is critical for player development. There is very little dead time in an indoor game, the boards keep the ball in play and keep the game moving. This helps create more one v one opportunities for players and helps them become comfortable without time and space. Everyone’s goal is to be a great outdoor player and yet at UNC we play one day of indoor every week all winter and spring. If you want to supercharge your development play indoor. It has made a huge difference to our 21 time national championship teams.”

Chris Mitchell

Head Coach, University High Boy’s Soccer

“While playing soccer at Butler University, our off season winter program included playing indoor soccer on a regular basis. The surface, the walls, the smaller field size, and the limited number of participants on the field provide players a great opportunity to maximize their touches on the ball. Players are constantly being challenged to increase their speed of play just to keep up with the pace of the game indoors and this translates well to the outdoor game through quicker decision making on and off the ball. All players will benefit from the demands indoor soccer puts on players and the fun that goes along with playing in a more confined area where the action never really seems to stop.”

Brian Lee

Head Coach, LSU Soccer

“The addition of a first class indoor soccer facility is the final piece in the development of soccer in Baton Rouge. Indoor soccer is a great way for young players to hone their skills and the best way for adults to enjoy playing for a lifetime. All of our best players here at LSU have backgrounds in the indoor game and will be spending time training at the facility.”

Gordon Jago

Executive Director of the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup

You are about to begin a very exciting and enjoyable new soccer experience. Indoor Soccer is a fast, skilful and high scoring game and one that I am certain you are going to enjoy as you gain the knowledge of “playing off the boards”, clever substitution, “one on one” and “man up” situations. The speed of transition as you turn defense into attack and attack into defense is going to assist in you becoming an all round soccer player no longer just a forward, midfielder or defender as in outdoor soccer. “One on One” situations will improve both your dribbling and tackling skills”, “two on one” and “three on two” situations will teach you how quickly you can capitalize on having an a man free for a shot on goal and of course the skill of “playing off the boards” to beat a man will be developed as you gain experience of the Indoor game. As stated you are about to begin a period of soccer playing experience that will assist you in becoming a more skillful player with good technique and all round soccer abilities. Welcome to Indoor Soccer, Have fun and enjoyment.”

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