ERIN MILLS SOCCER CLUB COACHES REFERENCE: Archives and Other : WHY PLAY INDOOR SOCCER

WHY PLAY INDOOR SOCCER
WHY PLAY INDOOR ? 

Fitness

Indoor soccer develops three fitness systems.

The ATP( Adenosine TriPhosphate) System for short burst of speed and power.

The Lactic Acid System for intermediate power.

The Aerobic System for endurance.

Indoor soccer utilizes all three systems to a high degree, thereby providing a well-rounded program of fitness development, coordination, balance and agility.

The various situational and positional challenges in indoor soccer encompass eye to foot, thigh, chest, head and hand coordination.

There is no other sport with this range of coordination components.

In addition, split second adjustments in body position put great pressure and emphasis on the development of excellent balance and agility.

Skills

No sport uses as many of the body’s parts in direct contact with the ball as indoor soccer.

Intelligence

There are few sports with as many variables as indoor soccer.

Firstly, it is almost totally fluid sport with very few preplanned situations, therefore, nearly all actions depend on constantly changing circumstances.

Second, there are 6 opponents and 5 team mates to be taken into account at all times.

Third, players must react to stimuli from all angles because indoor is one of the truly 360 degree games.

Fourth, players are subjected to numerous visual, sensual and audio cues during play.

Character development

One of indoor soccer’s major benefits to the player is the development of important character traits for life.
Qualities of perseverance, application, drive, leadership, controlled aggression, concentration, teamwork, self worth and confidence are all developed by indoor soccer.

Social skills

Indoor soccer both attracts and helps develop extrovert characteristics.

It is beneficial in improving social skills in an environment where individuals are interacting under both high pressure(during game) and low pressure(after game) conditions.

Meeting people

The indoor soccer game is a group meeting place. Both players and spectators utilize the game for socialization purposes.

No physical elitism

The all round physical requirements of an indoor soccer game allows individuals of all shapes, sizes and genetic characteristics to develop excellence and become a valuable team member at elite levels of competition.

This is because leg and foot coordination is the major factor, therefore, even the smaller player can participate on an equal basis with bigger stronger individuals.

Constant action

By nature, indoor soccer is a game of constant action with very few breaks in play.
This keeps both the player and spectator totally entertained, captive and absorbed for a long period of time.

Easy To Understand

The objective and rules of indoor soccer are simple.

The objective is to score in the opponent’s goal and stop them scoring in yours, with a ball that can be propelled in any direction at any time.
This is a concept even the very young can understand, thereby making earlier participation possible in organized indoor soccer programs than in other sports.

Economical

The cost of involvement in an indoor soccer program is very reasonable when compared to the cost of other indoor sports.
Essential personal equipment is limited to indoor soccer or running shoes, socks, shin guards, shorts and shirt.
This makes soccer possibly the lowest cost team sport of them all.

Safety

Indoor soccer involves mild physical contact.
Excessive contact is penalized within the rules and slide tackling is not allowed.

Therefore contact injuries are minimized and tend to be less severe.

Climate controlled comfort and smooth surfaces.

Winter weather with  wind, rain, snow and field surfaces that are icy, muddy, rock hard make fields very uncomforable to train on.

Indoor soccer eliminates these  extreme elements for players and spectators.

Ongoing Development and Motivation

For players with higher ambitions, indoor soccer provides a place to play and practice so their skill improve rather than erode during the late fall and winter months.

Furthermore, players are motivated by the game situations.