If you play soccer in a serious capacity, perhaps as a member of a semi-professional team, or you just play the game to keep fit and have a bit of fun, one of the things you can do to check your skills and ability is to start playing a little indoor soccer also. This is a much faster paced game than the field version and will allow you to hone your skills in dribbling and close ball control. There are several versions around these days, so make sure you know the rules of your particular local variant, as they can be significantly different. For example, some rules allow five players per team, whereas others allow six. And in some rules, you cannot kick the ball above shoulder height, but you can rebound it off the walls; in others, height is not a problem as long as the ball doesn’t touch the ceiling, but you have a defined playing area and cannot use the walls.
The indoor soccer goals are a lot smaller than their outdoor counterparts, as they match the size of the pitch. So with indoor football you have a smaller target to aim at, with a goalkeeper who, of course, remains the same size. The rules generally do not allow the goalie to come out of his semi-circular area to retrive the ball, nor do they permit any other player from entering the goalkeeping area. So there is no chance for an opponent to take the ball around the diving keeper and score into an open goal. Instead, some skill must be applied, and this usually means hunting in packs, with one player drawing the keeper forward, then passing to a team mate who has a better view of the net. Of course, in the amateur game, it can also mean kicking the ball as hard as possible and hoping the goalie loses his nerve and jumps out of the way!
Large sports halls tend to be the main venues for indoor soccer, where they are usually required to shared the space with other sports. So because the goals cannot be set up permanently, they need to be taken out of storage to be used and then put away at the end of a session. Portable soccer goals are ideal for this kind of arrangement, because they can be set up very quickly and folded up and stored away rapidly at the end of your game too. The sizes vary depending on which rules you are playing by, because some allow the ball to go above head height, and therefore the goals are taller; whereas other rules don’t allow the ball above shoulder height, and in these versions the goal crossbar is normally about 3-4 ft off the ground.
It is really quick and simple to set up a pair of portable soccer goals, once you have done the initial part of attaching the nets. After that, you can just leave the nets attached. When you turn up to play indoor soccer, you simply carry the goals from their storage place and fold out the backstays; this type of portable goal is really lightweight, so even one person can carry it. When you have finished your game, fold the goals back up and carry them away again, and it’s as simply as that. There is no fiddling about with complicated goals eating into your time slot at the hall when you should be playing the game instead! And the indoor soccer goals generally have rubber feet so that there isn’t any damamge to the floors.