Indoor Training during Winter
Ames Soccer Club holds two indoor soccer activities between the Fall and Spring seasons. Both are open to all players, regardless of what team you play with during the normal outdoor season.
- Fast Feet. This indoor game league is played on basketball courts in the style of futsal. The program is entirely games, and is held in November and December. Information on the 2013 Fast Feet program will be available by mid September.
- Winter Indoor Training January through March. These will be weekly coached training session indoors at the All-American Sports Complex, located in West Ames on Lincoln Way.
Fast Feet: Hard-Court Short-Sided Games
In partnership with the City of Ames, we offer a futsal-style league for youth and adults in November and December. The league is held on Saturdays at the Ames Middle School gymnasium.
This is a small-sided game played with a weighted ball that puts a premium on quick passing and decision making. Games are 40 minutes non-stop with substitution on the fly. Play is 5 on 5 (including keeper, with no keepers for the youngest players).
Using specially weighted balls, the number of touches on the ball and pace of this game put high demands on the technical ability and quick, quality decision-making of players. This is a brand of soccer used to develop highly skilled players all over the world. Brazil, Spain and Portugal, for instance, are countries where the popularity of this version of indoor soccer is credited in large part for the composure and creativity that their top soccer players show with the ball at their feet. Not to be neglected, this is also a game that is a lot of fun to play.
Players will register as individuals and teams will be formed with an eye to having good competitive balance. If you would like to register as a full team, please contact Gary Eyles, firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-360-5117 directly.
Dates: Nov 8, 15, 22; Dec 6, 13, 20
Fees: $50 if before Oct 31; $60 starting Nov 1
Indoor Winter Training Jan-March
Two 5-week sessions are held for skills practices at the Ames All-American Sports Complex. Register for once or twice per week. These are skills sessions directed at getting you a head start for spring.
The curriculum, developed by Gary Eyles, is age-appropriate for each group and taught by Nationally and State certified staff. It is open to all players, regardless of club or school affiliation. The emphasis is on technical development with low player/coach ratio. The focus of the program is developing technical skills, especially in teaching the players to become comfortable on the ball in even the tightest of situations. Emphasis will be placed on:
- 1 vs. 1 moves in beating players
- Fakes, turns in maintaining possession of the ball
- 1st touch with all surfaces of the feet and body
- Passing with proper pace and accuracy
Dates: Session 1 Jan 6/8 through Feb 3/5; Session 2 Feb 10/12 through March 10/12
Fees $55-90, depending on age and session length; discounted if you sign up for both.
Register by mail.