Inside Indoor Soccer: Tips for playing Forward

Inside Indoor Soccer: Tips for playing Forward

The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) debuts this fall / winter in Washington. As they prepare to get rolling is partnering with the league and the Tacoma Soccer Center on “Inside Indoor Soccer,” which will look at the sport at all levels, including playing, coaching and watching. The content will vary from beginner to advanced. See all Inside Indoor Soccer columns here.


If you’re playing forward in indoor soccer, it can be very confusing to determine where you should be as play progresses. For the purpose of this article, I’m assuming you’re playing as a full forward and not a midfielder or a winger.

In indoor soccer, the absolute best place a forward can be is at the far post. This is the opposite post from the side of the field that the ball is on when you have possession. If your indoor field has walls, the ball will very, very frequently squirt out to the opposite post after a shot. This allows you to simply tap the ball in and score many goals. It also clogs up the box, which makes it hard for the keeper to see the ball and it makes it hard for the defender to mark you, since they need to make space for the keeper.

This leads into another spot for forwards – inside the opposition’s box. This is another area that allows you to score a lot of goals. Oftentimes, the ball will deflect off the wall into the middle, and you can slam it home from close range. This position also allows you to redirect the ball into the goal if your teammate hits it into the box. Playing in the box doesn’t allow your team to move the ball more effectively, but it does allow for lots of goals.


If you want to help your team move the ball around, go to the middle of your opponent’s half. This is a central spot that allows you to receive and pass the ball off to your teammates, facilitating movement around the field. You can also turn and shoot from this area, which can surprise the keeper and convert to a goal.

Two more spots are in the opponent’s corners and on the sideline. These are not the best positions for scoring goals, but they do allow you to feed the ball to your teammates. Your defence will often pass the ball up the sidelines, and you can receive it from either of these positions and then dish the ball off to a teammate that is making a run. This can lead to lots of goals, but just not by you.

Overall, you should move between all of these positions during a normal indoor soccer game – never just stay in one of them for a whole game. A mix of these will confuse the defence and lead to lots of goals for both you and your team!


John Weinstein is an indoor soccer and futsal expert. To see what he’s been interested in recently, check out How Penalties and Cards Work or this great site on Indoor Cleats.

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