Indoor Soccer Provides Best Training For Youth Players

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For any young, aspiring soccer player, indoor soccer is a wonderful way to improve skills and develop.  In many ways, playing the indoor version of the game can actually be a better means of training that outdoor soccer.  Although the “dream” that many youth soccer players share is to succeed as an outdoor soccer player, the indoor game is extremely valuable in youth development for a variety of reasons.  Here are several reasons why:

First, indoor soccer is played on a very small field.  This is beneficial to youth soccer players, as their small bodies aren’t fit for larger goals and fields.  Although most recreational outdoor leagues do take this into account and use smaller fields and goals for very young players, this is a norm for indoor soccer, and reduces the games for youngsters.  This is very important because it helps the players work on passing and teamwork in a small realm.  While outdoor players have to work on kicking the ball with all their might to cross the field, indoor players can manage the task easier, and can work on their aim and placement more.

Additionally, the indoor soccer game has a lesser number of players on the field, usually just five or six.  This gives players more time on the ball and forces them into action at a higher rate.  Outdoor soccer with 11-sided teams limit a players’ touches as there are so many players on the field.  With indoor soccer, a player will have double the touches and will therefore learn a far deal more during each game.

Indoor soccer also provides youth players with a good pitch.  Most indoor arenas utilize turf with artificial grass and rubber pellets that give players an excellent surface to develop on.  Outdoor youth soccer fields are often grass and under-treated, meaning there are patches without grass and other detrimental factors like mud and uneven surfaces.  This makes playing soccer a tougher task and can harm a player’s development.  Players performing on a solid surface get a better feel for the game and indoor soccer can give them just that.

Many of the sport’s biggest stars grew up playing indoor soccer or its variant, Futsal.  Players like Pele, Ronaldo, Kaka, Robinho, Landon Donovan, Lionel Messi, and Ronaldinho all have mentioned the indoor game as very beneficial to their skills in youth training.  While the outdoor game focuses so much importance on tactics and placement, indoor soccer is geared towards ball skills and touch, and that makes it very helpful to fledgling soccer players.

A great thing about indoor soccer in general is that most leagues operate during the off-season of outdoor leagues, which usually occur in fall and spring.  With indoor seasons happening in winter and summer, young soccer players can play year-round and still enjoy the game during these intervals.  Although players do need to have a break in the action, playing indoor soccer in either the summer or winter can greatly help a developing player and is something that will be extremely beneficial down the road.  Be sure to try your feet at indoor soccer and start harnessing those ball skills this winter!


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