Indoor Soccer: Rules & Drills

Instructor: Dan Washmuth

Dan has taught college Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology, and Sports Nutrition courses and has a master's degree in Dietetics & Nutrition.

Soccer is the most popular and widely played sport across the world. Indoor soccer can be thought of as a 'cousin' of soccer, and this lesson will education the reader on the rules and drills of indoor soccer.

Soccer with a Twist

Pretend you are watching a game of soccer on TV. In your mind, picture a player dribbling the soccer ball down the field and then kicking the ball as hard as he can towards a teammate. However, this player kicks the ball to far too the left of his teammate and the ball rolls out of bounds. The game is halted, and the other team gets to take over control of the ball.

Now imagine that when the player's pass went by his teammate, instead of going out of bounds, the ball bounced off a wall, keeping it in play. This exciting variation to traditional soccer is part of the sport of indoor soccer!

Indoor soccer is very similar, but yet very different compared to traditional soccer.
indoor soccer

Rules of Indoor Soccer

Even though indoor soccer is very similar to traditional soccer, the rules vary between these two specific sports. The following sections describe the rules of indoor soccer and how they compare to the rules of traditional soccer.

Playing Field

Indoor soccer is often played on converted hockey rinks or basketball courts, and the fields are usually around 180 feet long by 75 feet wide. These playing fields are much smaller than the size of the playing field in traditional soccer, which is 344 feet by 223 feet. Additionally, the playing field of indoor soccer is often surrounded by a 4-12 foot high perimeter wall (eight feet is standard) that helps to keep the ball in play.

Indoor soccer is often played on converted basketball courts.
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Length of Game

Amateur and youth indoor soccer games usually consists of two 22-minutes halves, while professional indoor soccer consists of four 15-minute quarters. In comparison, traditional soccer consists of two 45-minute halves. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, indoor soccer games have a 10-minute sudden death overtime.


Each team in indoor soccer can have six players playing at a time, including the goalie (traditional soccer consists of 11 players on each team).


The equipment in indoor soccer is very similar to traditional soccer. Both players wear shin guards to protect their lower legs. However, indoor soccer players wear shoes that have flat soles, rather than cleats like traditional soccer players. Additionally, the soccer ball in indoor soccer are heavier than traditional soccer balls, which makes them more durable and bounce less.

Game Rules

Indoor soccer games begin with one of the teams kicking the ball off from the midline of the playing field. These kickoffs also occur after each goal that is scored and at the start of the second half (or at the start of each quarter).

Indoor soccer is much like traditional soccer in that players cannot use their arms or hands to strike the ball (except for goalies, who may use any part of their body). When the ball bounces of the wall, it is still in play. However, since the wall is usually only eight feet tall, the ball can still sometimes go over the wall. When this happens, the other team gets a free kick from the location where the ball went over the wall.

Just like traditional soccer, players of indoor soccer are not allowed to kick, grab, tackle, trip, hold, or push an opponent. Violations of these rules can result in penalty kicks or a player being ejected from the game.

Drills of Indoor Soccer

Because indoor soccer is very similar to traditional soccer, players of both of these sports use many of the same drills. These drills include:

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