Registration for the Northern Tioga Indoor Soccer League for grades 3-12 will be Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. Practices will begin Jan. 4, with practice sessions Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Elkland High School and Elementary gyms and tournaments throughout the season. Each age group will have two practices per week. The cost is $30 a child and $15 a tournament.

This is the indoor soccer league’s third season under the direction of Kyle Adriance, Williamson High School boys varsity soccer coach. Last year there were 50 players in the league, Adriance hopes this year to have even more.

“The more they see it, the more kids want to get involved. This year I think we are going to have two teams in some of our age groups,” Adriance said.

The league, which is comprised mostly of Northern Tier players but doesn’t turn people away, will compete in tournaments in New York state throughout the season. Last year teams competed in three tournaments. Adriance hopes to build on last season and at some point even host a tournament if possible.

The league primarily plays futsal, which is played on a basketball court, but on some occasions, depending on the tournament, they will play indoor soccer. The main differences between the two are the size of the ball and the dimensions of the court. Indoor soccer allows players to play the ball off the walls whereas futsal has an out of bounds marker.

In either case, technique is vital to success. Because the ball moves much faster on the indoor court than outside on the grass, footwork is key. Small miscues dribbling the ball can be overcome outside. But with the speed of indoor play, there is less room for error, Adriance said.

The footwork and technique skills learned playing indoor soccer and futsal translate to the pitch when the athletes move back outdoors. Due to the benefits, Adriance recommends his high school players play in the indoor league.

For more information contact Kyle Adriance at 607-661-9639 or kadriance17@gmail.com