1. Fitness – Indoor soccer develops three fitness systems: (a) the ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate) System for short bursts of speed and power: (b) fire lactic acid system for intermediate power, and (c) the aerobic system for endurance. Indoor soccer utilizes all three systems to a high degree, thereby providing a well-rounded program of fitness development.
2. Coordination, Balance & Agility – The various situational and positional challenges in indoor soccer encompass eye to foot, thigh, chest, head and hand coordination (for goalkeepers). In addition, split second adjustments in body position put great pressure and emphasis on the development of excellent balance and agility.
3. Skill – No sport uses as many of the body’s parts in direct contact with the ball as indoor soccer. Furthermore, these areas can be used in many different ways.
4. Intelligence – There are few sports with as many variables as indoor soccer. Firstly, it is a totally fluid sport with very few preplanned situations. Therefore, all actions depend on constantly changing circumstances. Secondly, opponents and teammates must be be taken into account at all times. Thirdly, players must react to stimuli from all angles because indoor soccer is a 360 degree game. Lastly, players are subjected to numerous visual, sensual, and audial cues during play.
5. 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.
6. Economical – The cost of involvement in an indoor soccer program is very reasonable. Essential personal equipment is limited to soccer or tennis shoes, socks, shin guards, shorts and shirt.
7. Safety – Indoor soccer involves mild physical contact. Excessive contact is penalized within the rules and slide tackling is not allowed in many facilities. Therefore, contact injuries are minimized and tend to be less severe. The low incidence of injury provides the ideal forum for lifetime participation and allows the more mature or less fit individual to participate for a greater length of time.
8. Climate controlled comfort & smooth surface – Great to be indoors and not worry about rain or snow.
9. The ball stays in play – The ball is contained so no time is wasted on chasing the wild pass, shot or clearance. Therefore, players enjoy more ball and breaks in the action are few.
10. Ongoing development and motivation – indoor soccer provides a place to play and practice so that their skills improve rather than erode during the late fall and winter months.