Indoor Positions

  • Center forward/forwards- usually the farthest player up in the attack and the goal scorers (strikers-scorers, handle the ball in tight quarters) (wings-ball possession, dribbling and crossing)
  • Goalie- protects the goal and can use his or her hands in the penalty area
  • Halfbacks/Midfielders- play immediately in front of the fullbacks, link players between backs and forwards (can be attacking or defending)
  • Fullbacks/Backs-last line of defense before the goal
  • Wing Backs/outside backs- backs playing wide close to the touchline
  • Stopper- tight marking fullback
  • Sweeper- free support in the defense

Teammate Responsibilities

  • Communication- use voice, arms, facial expressions to communicate with team
  • Give and Go- short quick passes around defense to advance ball forward
  • Drawing out the defense- attackers should play back in their own half, this gradually pulls the defenders forward, opens up opportunity for another attacker to sneak into space
  • Game Rhythm-variations in the pace makes players think about their approach (slowing down then quickly speeding up)
  • Overcrowding- teammates need to not congest in one area, spreading out the field and using the sidelines helps pull the defense and opens the field for more passing opportunities

Example Setup for Indoor

  • For indoor soccer, the game is very fluid, meaning that players are constantly moving and switching were they are standing. In general, there will be someone to be in the forward position and individuals that will be defenders. The midfielders usually play both offense and defense during the game.

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