In a city where it’s winter 8 months a year – the benefits of indoor soccer are pretty obvious. The Edmonton area Indoor Soccer Programs have “exploded” over the last few years and as a result, many indoor fields have been developed. The Edmonton Soccer Centre West has 4 indoor fields, we have also opened the East and South Soccer centres with 4 fields in each. In addition, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan and most recently St. Albert have also added indoor fields. We have gone from 1 indoor field to 19 fields in less than 20 years – with thousands of interested players and a growing number more every day.
Players from all levels and all ages can play the game. There’s a level for everyone. Games are short and sweet – 1 hour of fast-paced non-stop action and you’re done. Not a huge commitment, but what a great workout. Concession, lounge, dressing rooms, and stadium seating for spectators are always available. Best of all – no mosquitos, rain, or snow to ruin the day. Games are always a go! (well almost always – the occasional blizzard has been known to affect us).
Minis U5 to U9 (4 – 8 years)
6 vs. 6 on 1/2 a field. The field is split with a special net that has goal areas marked. Dozens and dozens of parents and siblings cheering them on in the stands makes this an exciting group to watch!
Community Teams U11 – U19
6 vs. 6 on a full field (U11 is 7 vs. 7). Fast paced like hockey, player changes on the fly, no offsides, pass the ball off the boards to a teammate or yourself and shoot to score! No boring moments when the ball goes out of play as most of the time it’s in play. It’s a game like no other. Exciting and fun. Minimum equipment needed – shin pads, indoor shoes, and a water bottle and you’re good to go. Games for this group usually run Saturdays (U11 -U13) or Sundays (U15-U19).
Competitive and/or Premier Teams U9 – U19
6 vs. 6 on a full field (U9 is 7 vs. 7). Same game as above except coaches like to set challenges at this level to help kids keep up some of their outdoor game skills too. Benefits of this game for players at this level are numerous. First touch – has to be perfect or the ball can bounce over to the other team. Quick decisions have to be made. Players have to think about what they’ll do with the ball in advance of receiving it. One touch and two touch game – brilliant at this pace. Passing and give and go – accuracy, speed, timing – all of it is challenged that much more with the speed of the indoor game. Best of all – the players love this game. Fast paced – lots of action, more scoring opportunities, and excitement. Games for this group usually run weeknights Mon – Thurs so teams can enter additional tournaments on weekends.
Adult Soccer – all levels from beginner rec league to Major League.
6 vs. 6 on a full field. EDSA runs all adult leagues (780-413-0140).
Classics and Masters Soccer – ages 35 and up, and now another group aged 45 and up.
6 vs. 6 on a full field. This has been the fastest growing group in the adult soccer area.
When the warm winter does finally hit us, everybody wants to be outside. Outdoor soccer is a great way to get our youth engaged in activities even when school is out. It also ensures young people stay active and soak in all that delicious vitamin D.
Mini Soccer Program (4 to 8 years)
The sport of soccer has evolved to proudly boast itself as the World’s Game. However, in order for any sport to grow, it must provide a vibrant and active entry level of performance: The Grassroots of Sport.
Community Teams U11 – U19
All players will have equal playing time and it will have an opportunity to play varying positions. The environment emphasizes fun and skill development. Coaches will be provided with opportunities for coaching development.
Premier Teams U9 – U19
Players will participate in motivating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a fun and structured environment. The main emphasis is on individual development – increasing dribbling skills, using all parts of the foot, changing direction, and improving in passing. The environment emphasizes fun and skill development. Coaches will be provided with opportunities for coaching development.
ASA U13 8 A-Side Program
Small-sided games are the best way for players to combine nearly all elements of the game. The fewer the players the more game-conditioned touches on the soccer ball. As well as you get all these touches in a ‘realistic’ and ‘live’ environment with the addition of tactical applications. This is where the enjoyment happens and after 60 minutes of high activity combined with structured repetition, the players learn and go home HAPPY!