Indoor Soccer is a Safer Sport than Outdoor Soccer

Rio Ferdinand in a cast - a casualty of outdoor soccer - (Photo:

Outdoor soccer can often be a harmful game to the players.  With such large fields and lengthy matches, players repeatedly put heavy strain on their bodies and endure spells on the sidelines with pulled muscles and related injuries.  Additionally, the heavy tackles inflicted during matches can result in countless major injuries to players such as broken legs and torn ACL’s in the knees.  Very few professional players can last an entire season unscathed, and the game can take a heavy toll on people’s overall well being.  However, the sport of indoor soccer can lessen the damage to soccer players and provides a more peaceful variation of the game.  Here are some reasons why:

One thing that benefits players in indoor soccer is the quality of the field of play.  Professional soccer players enjoy pristine lawns of finely grown grass, but the vast majority of people playing the game do not enjoy that luxury.  Most youth leagues are played on patchy fields with holes and other blemishes.  Children in Brazil often play the game on field of dirt.  Field problems can often lead to twisted ankles and difficulties retaining balance, and this leads to more injuries.  Indoor soccer utilizes synthetic turf and a consistent field for its players to use.  Therefore, many field related injuries are avoided.  The absence of weather also restricts games from being held in rain, which can create a slippery and dangerous outdoor field.

Other aspects of indoor soccer also lead to higher safety.  Slide tackles are illegal in the game, and this greatly limits contact injuries.  When players slide through each other for the ball in outdoor soccer, bad injuries happen.  By taking this element of the sport away, indoor soccer has made the game of soccer much more safe.

Additionally, indoor soccer games are generally much shorter than outdoor games, usually just 40 minutes in length.  This reduces the overall issues of stress on the body that occurs after an enduring hour and a half on the field.  Outdoor soccer can result in players experiencing cramps and muscle pulls.  Also, the tired body is more susceptible to other injuries that often befall a soccer player late in the game.  If you’ve ever watched a professional outdoor match that has trudged through extra time and penalty kicks, you can get a sense for the exhaustion that players experience.  Indoor soccer, a much shorter game, avoids this problem.

Going on with the same thought is the smaller field size.  Player’s runs in indoor soccer rarely exceed 20 yards as the field is so condensed.  Outdoor players routinely engage in sprints of 50 yards or more during the games that further harms their bodies.  Indoor soccer players are safe from these types of problems.

Although indoor soccer is generally safer than outdoor soccer due to these reasons, there is still a chance for injuries as no sport is entirely without risk.  But clearly, for players that are injury prone or that wish to still enjoy the game in their later years, indoor soccer presents a wonderful way to remain relatively safe and still play the sport.


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