When you have limited training space to practice soccer or are simply going through a spell of bad weather, finding places to practice your soccer skills can be very frustrating. But don’t worry, I have come up with a list of locations and soccer practice ideas for you to try out which you will learn all about in this post.
Firstly, to your question, “Where Can I Find Indoor Soccer Practice Spots Near Me?” The answer is all of the following. These will, of course, vary depending on your location, what is available and your circumstances:
- School Gym
- Recreation Center
- Youth Club
- Local Church Hall
The first thing I would like to recommend if you want to improve on your soccer skills is that you play every single chance you get.
Many recreation centers have open gym times after school. While most of the people who use these facilities use them for basketball, there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from using it for soccer (providing nobody is in the middle of a basketball game!)
Go down there with a ball and a friend (and if you can’t find a friend to go with you, go by yourself!). If you have one available, it would be even better to bring an indoor ball or a futsal ball (you should be able to pick these up at your local soccer stores or visit our store to see our soccer ball range).
If you can find three others players who want to join in, you could play a 2 v 2 toward goals (you can actually use the middle third of a basketball court between the two three-point arcs, so you do not take up the entire court, allowing others to practice on either end if they wish to.
If it’s only you and one other person, play 1 v 1 to the goals (you can use cones or anything you have available to set up your own goals).
Play for short periods of time but play hard and frequently, and you will find that not only can this be a great deal of fun, but you can also get an excellent workout.
If there is an indoor soccer facility in your area, not only should you join the leagues but also, many of them have free-play after school.
You may have to pay a few dollars for access (which is usually charged to cover any insurance issues), but it will be a good, consistent means of playing. You might also make some new friends and arrange to play with them now and then.
Play 5 v 5 or whatever numbers are available. When you play in this type of environment, frequently, you will have the chance to play with and against players of different ages and skill levels.
Sometimes you may find that you are much better than them or not as good but remember, the key is to play as much as possible. If that means playing against players a few years older or younger than you, that still presents a sweet opportunity to learn from them or teach them!
Schools & Churches
Many churches and schools will rent out their gym for a few hours if it’s available. Get a group of kids together (with an adult to provide supervision) and play futsal.
If each player were to pay a dollar or two per session, it would offset the facility’s cost and then it’s just a matter of picking teams and playing. The key though, is that someone has to take charge and say “LETS DO IT!”
That somebody should be you. Otherwise, if you wait for your coach or parent to do this for you, you might be waiting for a very long time. If you want to be a serious player, then take the initiative and play!
If you can’t get to an indoor facility, you will have to make do with what you have.
Do you have a basement you can kick around in?
Or how about a garage?
You Don’t Need As Much Space As You Think
Do not just assume you need an entire pitch to practice. In reality, you need very little space to get some decent quality training in (if you have a two-car garage and there is only one car in there, then it’s plenty of space for training). Consider working on footwwork to make it easier to beat a player off of the dribble.
Scout Youtube for soccer training videos that have individual moves as well as skills that can be worked on in small areas. There are a number of drills you can use indoors and outdoors that require either one or two people maximum.