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Encyclopedia > Indoor soccer
An indoor soccer game in Mexico. The referee has just awarded the red team a free kick.

Indoor soccer is a game derived from football (soccer) adapted for play in an indoor arena such as a turf-covered hockey arena or skating rink. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2576x1932, 2853 KB) Summary Indoor Soccer Game (Fútbol Rápido) game on October the 9th, 2005 Universidad de las Américas - Puebla vs. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2576x1932, 2853 KB) Summary Indoor Soccer Game (Fútbol Rápido) game on October the 9th, 2005 Universidad de las Américas - Puebla vs. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ...


Indoor soccer is a somewhat common sport in the United States, with both amateur and professional leagues dedicated to it. Indoor Soccer is also played outside of the U.S., though most indoor play outside of North America involves the FIFA-sanctioned game of futsal. Recently indoor soccer has become a popular sport in Mexico, being included as part of the Universiada (University National Games) and the CONADEIP (Private School Tournament), which match University school teams from all over Mexico. In Mexico, indoor soccer fields are commonly built outdoors, and the sport is known as fútbol rápido ("fast soccer"). North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... This article is about an international football organization. ... Futsal in Germany Futsal is an indoor version of football (soccer). ... The Universiade is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). ...

Contents

Rules

Rules vary between governing bodies, but some of the nearly universal rule deviations from association football include:

  • The Field. Most indoor soccer arenas are rectangular or oblong in shape, with turf floors. In many collegiate intramural leagues, the game may be played on basketball courts, in which case the floor is hardwood. Walls at least six feet tall bound the arena. Ceiling heights vary. Arena sizes are generally smaller than soccer fields, and the goals are recessed into the walls. Goals are also smaller than in standard soccer and generally the penalty area is smaller.
  • The team. Most indoor soccer games are played with six active players per team, one of which is the goalkeeper. Substitute players are permitted.
  • Play off of walls. The ball may be struck in such a way that it contacts one or more walls without penalty or stoppage. If the ball flies over the walls or contacts the ceiling, play is stopped and the team opposing the one that most recently touched the ball is awarded a free kick at the location where the ball left the arena or made contact with the ceiling. In some areas of North America, these walls are being removed due to their hazardous nature [citation needed].
  • Contact rules. Standard contact rules generally apply (i.e. ball contact must be made during a play on the ball, no charging with hands or elbows, no charging from behind, etc). Many leagues ban the use of the sliding tackle, though such techniques are less useful on turf or wood than they are on a slick field. If one attempts to slide on an indoor field a "strawberry" will result, which is a painful rug burn.

Beyond these common threads, the sport is structured according to the idiosyncrasies of individual leagues. Most of these rules are adopted from other arena sports like ice hockey. Below is a listing of some of the more common ones: This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A football field (or pitch) is the playing surface for a game of association football (soccer). ... A football goalkeeper leaves the ground to parry a shot on goal In many team sports, a goalkeeper (termed goaltender, netminder, goalie, or keeper in some sports) is a designated player that is charged with directly preventing the opposite team from scoring by defending the goal. ... A sliding tackle or slide tackle is a tactic used in football (soccer) in which a defending player attempts to take the ball away from an opposing player by deliberately leaving his or her feet and sliding along the ground with one leg extended to push the ball away from... Offside is a rule in association football (soccer) which effectively limits how far forward attacking players may be when involved in play. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...

  • Substitution. Many leagues allow substitution while the game is in progress, provided that one player leaves the arena before another steps on. A minority of leagues require substitution in shifts.
  • Cards. In addition to the traditional yellow and red cards of association football, some leagues include a card of a third color (blue is a common color) or another form of warning before the issuance of a yellow card. Often, leagues with a third card include a penalty box rule, and issuance of this third card requires the penalized player to sit in the box for a prescribed period of time during which his or her team plays shorthanded. In leagues using the traditional card system, it's common for the yellow card to carry with it a penalty box rule.
  • Zones. Because of short fields and walls surrounding the goal, a common tactic is to attempt to score at kickoff by shooting at the goal and charging at the goal with all five non-goalkeeper players who overwhelm the other team's defense and score at close range. As this depletes the tactics and drama of the game, many leagues have adopted an ice hockey-like zone rule, requiring that the ball not cross more than a certain forward distance toward the goal without being touched by a player.
  • The ball. For leagues that play on hardwood, the ball is generally covered with suede or a similar non-marking covering. The ball is generally bouncier and harder to control.
  • The crease. Some leagues enforce a special zone inside the goalkeeper's box called the crease. No player may shoot the ball from inside the crease unless that player entered the crease already having the ball.
  • Multi-point scoring. Some leagues value goals scored from a greater distance to be worth two or three points, similar to basketball. Sometimes, leagues with a multi-point system also use a rule that a minor technical infraction gives the non-offending team a one-on-one opportunity to score on the opposing goalkeeper, worth one point.
  • Three-lines rule. Some leagues rule that the ball may not cross three lines without touching the ground. The lines are evenly spaced along the length of the pitch, one of them being the exact center. The rule is used to avoid playing only with long balls and keeping the ball close to the ground. Violations are often punished with a free kick at the center of the line closer to the opposing goal.

Misconduct in football (soccer) is any conduct by a player which is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction (caution or dismissal) in accordance with Law 12 the Laws of the Game. ... The penalty boxes in this ice hockey game are shown here. ... The penalty boxes in this ice hockey game are shown here. ... This article is about the sport. ...

Leagues

Current

The American Indoor Soccer League or AISL considered itself a minor indoor soccer league. ... The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League or CMISL is a professional indoor soccer league slated to begin full league play in 2009. ... The Major Indoor Soccer League is the top professional indoor soccer league in the USA. The league is a member of both the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA. The MISL replaced the NPSL which folded in 2001. ...

Proposed

History The National Soccer League is a proposed indoor soccer league scheduled to begin play in the summer of 2008. ...

Former

the ball is always round like the earth xD The Continental Indoor Soccer League was an indoor soccer league that played from 1993 to 1997. ... The Eastern Indoor Soccer League was an attempt to create a regional minor indoor soccer league. ... This article is about the 1978-1992 Major Indoor Soccer League. ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ... The National Professional Soccer League was a professional indoor soccer league in the USA. It started out as the American Indoor Soccer Association in 1984 but changed its name to the National Professional Soccer League in 1990. ... The SISL was a mens soccer league in North America. ... The World Indoor Soccer League was an indoor soccer league that existed from 1998 to 2001 and consisted of nine teams. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Indoor soccer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (927 words)
Indoor soccer may also be used as a generic term for versions of association football (soccer) played indoors; see futsal and five-a-side football for similar games.
Indoor soccer is a game derived from association football, (soccer) adapted for play in an indoor arena such as a turf-covered hockey arena or skating rink.
Indoor soccer is a somewhat common sport in the United States, with both amateur and professional leagues dedicated to it.
Major Indoor Soccer League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (638 words)
The Major Indoor Soccer League is the only current professional indoor soccer league in the USA.
The league is a member of both the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA.
Fouls and misconducts are generally the same as outdoor soccer with a few changes.
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