Other Soccer Centres
Vistors Please Help!
I stopped maintaining this site in 2003. But it has been found useful by many and has brought enquiries from as far away as New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. It would be great if some group in Canada would like to carry it on. It helps others to start their own centres. You have my permission to take any or all of this information and use it in any way you can. -- Thanks a bunch, Doug

Indoor soccer facilities of the arena type are rapidly becoming a fixture of the recreation scene in southern Canada. The sport grows because people like to play it. There have been professional indoor leagues in North America for almost a quarter century. [The Major Indoor Soccer League ran from 1978 to 1992, while the National Professional Soccer League ran from 1984 to 2001. In 2001 the MISL was reborn with six teams with Toronto and Detroit to join in 2002 (see also the World Indoor Soccer League with teams from the US southwest, Mexico and possibly England in 2002).] But there is very little television coverage. Many parents encourage their kids to participate in hockey with the dream of seeing them reach the NHL. With indoor soccer, often parents know little about the game and kids want to play just because it is fun. In 1998-99, indoor soccer youth registrations in Whitehorse passed those for hockey for the first time.

In every city where an indoor centre has been started, the centre has been wildly successful. In all cases known to us, the centres are entirely self supporting. Municipalities contribute $0 to the operating costs.

Soccer Centres by Region
British Columbia
Nova Scotia

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Alberta is the leader in the development of indoor centres.The Alberta climate is similar to ours in Whitehorse, although our winters are longer, colder and darker. Every major Albertan city now has an indoor centre in use, in development or in planning. BC lags far behind because of their mild winter. They play soccer on the lower mainland in January. When this site was begun in 1998 the only facility was in Prince George, but by December 2002, three private centres opened in Langley Burnaby and Richmond).

Calgary was the first city in Canada to develop an indoor centre. It is the largest indoor soccer facility in North America. The Calgary Soccer Federation began in the 1980's with a one and then a two-field facility. The Calgary Soccer Centre opened in 1992 with four indoor and four outdoor fields. In the 96-97 season the four-plex expanded to a six-plex and 671 teams played on the 6 fields. A 7th was brought in service in 97-98. The centre has also been used for pool tournaments, trade shows, banquets, seminars and even dog and cat shows. As 600,000 people move through during the indoor season, field sponsorship and board advertising are attractive to the business community and form an important part of fund raising. The website for the Calgary Soccer Centre is in six languages!

Edmonton Soccer Centre
Indoor action in the older Edmonton fourplex
Edmonton began using dedicated indoor facilities with the 1984-85 season which featured 50 youth and 24 adult teams on 2 surfaces in the old Strathcona warehouse. Building on this experience and that of Calgary, a fourplex (four fields) was built in 1995. This facility has attracted a lot of attention from recreation developers in Canada and the U.S. In Edmonton the six surfaces were shared in 97-98 by 649 teams with 11,500 participants of all ages. A 1992 study by the City and the Soccer Association projected that that level of participation would not be reached until 2004. The sport is growing more than twice as fast as projected. In 1998-99, 777 teams competed for six fields. This fall a second fourplex opened and the number of teams is predicted to pass 1,000. Between 1995 when the $4.8 million fourplex opened and December of 1997, 850,000 people passed through the fourplex turnstiles. In summer the carpet comes up and the facility is used by ball hockey, lacrosse, in-line hockey and other special events.There are a few pictures at the Edmonton Soccer Centre's web site.

Lethbridge In December, 1997 Lethbridge Soccer Association moved all of its play out of the schools and into the new two-field centre. That season there were 1200 youth registrations for indoor soccer which is close to twice as many as there were for hockey. There were four adult leagues: over-35 coed with 7 teams, open coed with 6 teams, open men's with 9 teams, and open women's with 4 teams. The building cost $3.9 million including construction of the street out front and the paving of 300 always full parking spaces. A running track was considered in the planning but it would have added $1.4 million. Like Edmonton and Calgary, the Soccer Association is responsible for all operation and maintenance costs, not the municipality. It operated at a profit in its first season and the second season looks much better still. Lethbridge Photo Tour  

Medicine Hat The City of Medicine Hat and the local Stampede Board with the assistance of infrastructure money constructed a fully insulated building for about $2 million. The Stampede Board operates the facility. In winter, the City pays the Board $60,000 and then the City rents out the space to user groups, primarily the soccer association. The association purchased the soccer boards and turf for approximately $200,000 and Coca Cola donated a time clock. When the field started operating in January of 1998, it was immediately full of soccer, seven days a week.

Spruce Grove "I read your website with regards to the need for indoor soccer facilities. Our community is building a leisure centre that includes 2 indoor soccer pitches. If you are interested in viewing the progress you can log on to www.trismart.org to see the Tri Municipal leisure centre. It is being built 20 minutes west of Edmonton. The facility cost 28 million dollars and is on budget. I serve on one of the committees and have found the experience a real eye opener(in a good way)." -- Mike Toporowsky, Spruce Grove Soccer Association, August 2001.

Strathcona County, next to Edmonton and home of the original two-field indoor centre, in early 2001 opened Millenium Place. This multiplex includes two indoor fields. On the colour floorplans the area is called the Celanese Centre, and described as a Special Event Centre and Field House. It is not billed as a soccer centre. The colour floorplans also show the indoor track on the second floor, around the outside of the fields. This can double as a balcony for special events. Their web site features a really big picture of the two fields with assembly almost complete. The player boxes are not between the fields, but on the outside edge, beneath the running track. The track has a hump in it between the goals. Below is a black and white floorplan for just the soccer area from the architectural drawings. Unlike Edmonton and Lethbridge there is no permanent seating between the two fields. This will allow them to remove the boards between the fields and have one large indoor space, albeit with a row of support posts in the middle. The ancillary spaces like change rooms are placed around the fields rather than at one end. You can see the rounded boards, the recessed goals, and the lines.

[The following information is courtesy of Doug Marvin, municipal engineer, April 10, 2001:] Strathcona opened in the winter of 2000-2001. The dressing rooms and storage areas are not at one end, as in most places, but around the outside. The running track is thus over the dressing rooms so the extra cost it adds to the facility can not be simply calculated. The multiplex has many other areas including fitness centre, child care, day care, an indoor playground, and a sport physiotherapy clinic. You pay one admission at the main gate for the use of all facilities. They predicted sales of 1,800 of the monthly pass called the Millenium card but more 5,000 are being sold each month. Doug Marvin, municipal engineer, says "the magic is the spontaneous use." Families can come and everyone can do their own thing. The nearby community of Spruce Grove, Stoney Plains and Parkland County has been so impressed that it is building a carbon copy.

Red Deer has plans for a multiplex similar in many ways to the one planned for Whitehorse. The notable difference is the proposal for two indoor soccer fields. The multipurpose fieldhouse as proposed in the needs assessment document (Red Deer Major Recreation Facilities Needs Assessment, November 1998, Professional Environmental Recreational Consultants Ltd., Ken Hutchinson Architect, John Murray Architectural Services) would have two standard fields, 25M by 55M but also additional space for indoor tennis and a 300M long non-competition running track. It would cost $7.5 million but would break even from an operating point of view (p. 19). The fieldhouse was the most demanded of all the proposed facilities (including ice and water). The two nearby "high schools believe this is the one type of facility which they would want to use the most" (p. 24). After rating the eight multiplex components by such things as public demand, broad-based access, expanding needs, flexibility, and cost effectiveness, the fieldhouse came out as number one, while leisure pool, leisure ice, and arenas were numbers six, seven and eight, respectively (p.27).

Grande Prairie A one field centre opened in January of 2001. This was a surprise. In January of 1999, Guy Spenser, President of the Grande Prairie Soccer Association circulated a questionnaire to a number of established indoor facilities. The questionnaire covered construction, O and M, concession, lounge, fields, ancillary spaces, staffing, funding, lease, cost to play, other uses of the facility, and other things. Apparently, their research paid off. We made numerous attempts to get a copy of the results of the questionnaire, starting in 1999. It would help our feasibility study greatly.

St. Albert, a suburb of Edmonton, plans to construct two indoor fields in the near future. According to the City of St. Albert Leisure Centre News from February 28, 2001, a request for proposals was issued by the city on that date for a "Multipurpose Recreation Facility Public-Private Partnership." The master plan from the fall of 1999, includes, "a spectator-oriented arena, indoor soccer, multipurpose activity spaces and a walking/jogging track." A preferred proposal was to have been selected by June 2001.

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Prince Albert has a facility with one field. The facility also houses the Prince Albert Gymnastics club and was a joint venture between the soccer and gymanastics groups. It was financed through service clubs (Kinsmen and Optimists), city funds, membership dollars and a bank mortgage.

Regina has three floors in operation at The Regina Exhibition Park. The Regina Soccer Association is in the process of negotiating with the Park to revitalize the three floors and add an additional two larger floors. The process is still in the primarily stages but we are confident it will be approved. — Val Gelsinger, January 8, 2003.

Saskatoon has made huge progress since our first research in early 1998 revealed two fields in an Exhibition Centre building. In October 2000 we spoke with John Tomchuk, manager of the new fourplex. In November 2000, a letter to the editor appeared in both Whitehorse papers with the information below:

      The Saskatoon Kinsmen/Ken Ruis Soccer Centre opened in November 1998. It is similar to the Edmonton centre, with four 80'x180' fields, and like all the southern centres, has operated at a profit from the first year.
      The big new feature is the type of flooring. Instead of carpet they use Sport Court suspended plastic tiles. This has several advantages over other systems. You don't get the rug burns caused by sliding on the type of carpet used in Alberta. Players love it. It cleans well. They run a mini floor-Zamboni over it twice a week. If a tile should get damaged, they can replace it.
      The tiling also lends itself better to multi-purpose activities. They do not need to roll up carpet or cover it with canvas or plywood to have large crowds come through. Ball hockey, inline hockey and volleyball leagues use the Sport Court flooring at the centre. They have had ultimate frisbee and gymnastics, and will soon have box lacrosse. In the spring the centre is busy with golf lessons and baseball spring training.
      The seniors are making good use of the facility. The walking club prefers the floor to the concrete of the malls. (In Whitehorse, seniors go to the college in winter and walk the halls.) For the seniors lawn bowling, the centre rolls out a special carpet.
      They just had a three day Polka Fest which was a smash hit in town. And the final alternative use which I am aware of is for dog shows. The floor can handle any mess. They have not gone after the trade show or conference market because there is already competition in that area in Saskatoon.
      The total cost for the facility was $5 million, which includes everything, even office furniture and landscaping. The centre has a 50 year lease on the land from the city, and does not pay taxes but does pay its own utilities. It is run by a 9 person board of directors, with 3 from Saskatoon Youth Soccer, 3 from Saskatoon District Soccer, and 3 mutually agreed upon outsiders. The board hires the manager.
      Even with four fields, demand is so great that the players only get 1.5 games on average a week, and the U10 are still in the school gyms. Once a year the little guys do go to a mini tournament at the centre. They use tables on edge to divide the field in two. The older players, U12 and up get 22-24 games between mid October and the end of March. Their registration cost for the winter is $100.

      There are some pictures and more information on the Saskatoon Kinsmen/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre web site. Alternative uses listed are: Lacrosse, Lawn Bowling, Volleyball, Golf Instruction, Fitness Training, Banquets, Folkfest Pavilions, Weddings, Lunch meetings, Trade Shows, and Dog Shows.

Lloydminster is discussing a facility.

Swift Current is discussing a facility.

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British Columbia
We in the Yukon tend to follow BC in many things. But for winter recreation or multiplex development this would be an error. They play soccer outdoors on the lower mainland in January. Because of the benign climate, the development of indoor centres lags far behind when compared to the rest of the country. Still, there are rumblings.

Burnaby From the Web site:

Welcome to the Home Page of the Canlan Soccer Centre, located at the Canlan Ice Sports 8-Rinks Multi Sports Facility in Burnaby, B.C. Canada. The Canlan Soccer Centre features a state of the art, indoor soccer training facility which features the revolutionary Fieldturf playing surface. The Canlan Soccer Centre is the home of Soccer BC's "Soccer Academy" (for our soccer stars of the future) as well as the "Provincial/National High Performance Centre" (for today's elite players). These programs are dedicated to those athletes (female/male soccer players), coaches, game officials and medical staff in pursuit of excellence by providing programs opportunities that develop High Performance skills for the sport of soccer and for life. In addition to the Academy, Canlan Soccer Centre is offering many recreational Programs & Leagues geared to all levels of play. Visit our "Contact Us" page to get all the contact information you'll need to get the answers to all of your questions.

"one ice rink was replaced with the soccer arena, due to the nature of the groudworks (permafrost) an insulated concrete deck was placed over the original rink location...the old hockey boards were replaced with both full glass and boards ...all boards were specified and supplied by Cascadia here in Vancouver...soccer prime $125.00 [vs.] ice prime $300-$320 ball park ...we are working to fill the non prime with schools community groups etc. We have the BCSA contract 4-7 and our leagues 7-11 most nights... We operate with the turf throughout the year...we have rentals with baseball, lacrosse, athletic groups, football...we have some dividing nets that are on a pulley system (Cascadia) for small kids it is easy to operate and does not effect play on either field." -- Michael Fox, Canlan Soccer Centre, email, April 27, 2001.

Prince George currently uses an old roller dome. The Yukon Selectshave played in the facility at the men's open tournaments, March 1999 and 2002. The Whitehorse Rapids (over-40 men) have played in the Masters tournaments, March 2000, 2001, 2002. The wooden floor is ancient but excellent for soccer. Soccer is big in town and the soccer community is working towards constructing a dedicated facility in conjunction with the YMCA. It may have two fields, one with a wooden floor, and one turf. It may open in late 2003.

Langley has a privately run, for profit facility which opened sometime before the summer of 2000 (Found web site in August of 2000 - D.Hitch). The Arena Soccer Centre is part of the Arena Sports group of facilities, based in Seattle, Washington. This may ahve been the first indoor facility in the lower mainland.

Richmond now has a privately run, for profit facility (Web site submitted by Colin Elmes, December 29, 2002). The Sportstown sports complex onpened in September, 2000. The 85' x 185' Sprintturf and board arena opened in March, 2001. There is a Sprintturf area also in a bubble which is 120' x 250', and which can be used whole or divided into three training pads of 80' x 120'.

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Winnipeg seems to have at least five indoor soccer facilities: Garden City, Titan, Winter Club, Soccer Spectrum and the Gateway Recreation Centre. We have been able to get detailed information on Gateway, courtesy of manager Kim Strachan.
"The soccer complex was funded through a City of Wpg guaranteed loan which Gateway Rec Centre is responsible for paying off. The City has no say in the day to day operations of the complex, the Board sets the policy, etc. The only say the City has is in terms of safety issues requarding the facility. Currently it does not run at a profit, because we are financing a 1.5 million dollar mortgage, our ice operations, canteen, hall rental, bingo and misc fundraising enable the over operation to end up in a net positive position at the end of the year. We are 80' x 180'. Our turf is "Astro Grass", the indoor version of "Astro Turf" We are currently looking at summer indoor soccer, as it is an entirely different game than outdoor soccer and we are finding that some people prefer it. Other uses that have been suggested are indoor flag football, etc. Certainly we are interested in alternative uses as well, especially from May to August."

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Anchorage Has three indoor leagues. Around 100 teams share a field in a dedicated facility in an old converted building. It is smaller, about 60' x 105', than the newer centres. Several Yukon rep teams have played there. Two other leagues with altogether 75 teams play in gyms. Klaus Reich, who runs a 25-team gym league, is trying to build a modern facility with private money.

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Most of the following is from an email from Robert Luft, President of the Ontario Futsal Association, February 18, 2000. (Futsal is a version of indoor soccer, played without walls or boards.) Comments from other sources are in square brackets, [ ]. Bob writes:
Hi Doug,
Thanks for the reply. Under your climatic conditions a soccer centre is a must because it would be used more hours than in Southern Canada and by that I mean South Western Ontario.Using many venues which are not very adequate makes a lot of extra work for the organizers and loses control over the activities.
Here are some historical facts about the indoor game in Ontario:

Ancaster: one rink, privately owned.
Barrie: did not have a league this year because the new facility was not ready. I have no idea why they could not use the old one.
Burlington: [On October 2, 2002, Burlington Youth Soccer installed a dome at Sherwood Forest Park. All their games are now played there. -- from the BYSC web site]
Downsview - The Hangar [(The following is from the facility web site:) The Hangar is Canada's largest indoor soccer facility. It is located at the former Downsview Air Base, south of Sheppard Avenue between Keele Street and the Allen Expressway. It is available for a variety of sports which include touch football, ultimate frisbee, field hockey, aerobics, and impact training. The facility offers:

  • Five indoor 105' x 165' astroturf fields without boards
  • Locker Rooms and Showers
  • Bleacher Seating
  • Cafeteria and Games Arcade]
    (Bob Luft adds: "on old air force base. Many leagues, estimate 2000 players.")
    Grimsby: Indoor Facility with wall and carpets, leagues but no numbers.
    Guelph: uses golf dome, but plans new facility.
    Kingston: Soccer Magic, same as in London, however one pad without boards. Low attendance, market too small and price too costly. [December 2000: From the Soccer Magic website, the facility now has two fields, one with boards, the other without (open concept), both with FieldTurf. There is also a multi-purpose court with flight deck flooring. They list the following sports: soccer - youth and adult recreational and competitive leagues, touch football, golf driving range, baseball/softball training with batting cage, rugby, field hockey, ball hockey, inline hockey. -- D. Hitch] [January 2, 2001: Jim Naughton, Program Director, Soccer Magic Kingston emails, "Just a quick update, we are the practice facilty for Ottawa Rebel; the latest entry in the National Lacrosse League."]
    Kitchener: Indoor facility owned by club and city. Rink, adjacent to soccer fields. Filled to capacity with leagues all week long. Needs another facility, plans for a second facility next to present one, could be without boards. Apr. 1500 players.
    London: started to play in an old hockey arenas, dance floors, etc owned by the city in the 70's. Later moved into privately owned arenas, then into a rink which was built for rollerskating with wooden floor which is community owned by Service Club with help From the City. This facility is now strictly used for youth recreational players on Fridays and Saturdays. Apr. 600 players. Soccer Magic built a facility two years ago, two pads back to back, field turf, bubble, boards and privately owned, runs 7 days, a lot of teams, but expensive, adult, youth, competitive, recreational and some co-ed.The facility is not filled to capacity due to price. Apr. 700 players.Runs some leagues and some leagues run themselves. Two futsal leagues, one plays in High School and the other one in College: apr 200 players. Girls club league in High School, Saturday and Sunday apr. 400 players. London City League uses golf dome (private) for league play (adults) 100 players.
    [Update from October 31, 2001: London has at present has an interesting battle between Soccer World (prior Soccer Magic) and Air Athletics who also have a facility in Oakville (the smaller bubble with boards, the larger one without). Soccer World has Field Turf and removed the boards and Air Athletics has Astro Turf. Soccer player like Field Turf better than Astro Turf because the former one is softer. However, the AA field is wider than the SW field for 6-aside soccer with regular ball. Moreover, SW field has holes, where the posts used to be, filled with rubber pellets. Once the play starts the pellets spill out of the holes and create deep and dangerous holes. We have a futsal league in AA on Sunday evenings and use 3 pitches by playing cross ways on the "regular" field. The futsal pitches are 40 x 25 metres, larger than most gym spaces. Bob]
    [Markham: "Doug, For your information, the Town of Markham in Ontario has two indoor soccer fields. The Mount Joy Community Centre, which was originally planned to be a double hockey rinks complex when it was being built 15 years ago, was changed into a hockey rink and indoor soccer field facility after a concerted lobby by the Markham Soccer Club. The Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club lobbied for an indoor facility sometime afterwards and three years ago was rewarded with the "Dome". An air bubble facility. Detailed information on both these facilities is available through the Town of Markham's web site under Parks and Recreation. Also, you may want to check out the Town of Newmarket. I believe they built a facility which was opened last winter. Eric Fagen, July 23, 2001"]
    Owen Sound: futsal league plays in gyms only. apr 400 players all youth, adults play pick up.
    Orangeville: futsal league, no number available
    Ottawa is home of the largest futsal league in Ontario over 100 teams adutls and youth, play all week and weekend in school gyms. They are trying to build a new facility. Oz Dome is owned by Turkish millionaire and runs as a private league, turf, boards, no number available. Coliseum has open concept and many teams, private-community owned, big league but no numbers available. [December 2000: Ann Chapman points out that the Coliseum now has a web site. It reads, "The largest indoor sports facility in the Ottawa-Carleton region. Located on the playing field in Frank Clair Stadium at Lansdowne Park. The facility is a 360'L x 218'W x 60'H air supported dome. The playing surface is the revolutionary grass-like FieldTurf. The facility is divided into three 200' x 100' playing fields. Half field is 100' x 90'. Alternative uses listed are Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Field Hockey, Rugby, Golf, Track And Field, Lacrosse." This was the former home of the CFL Rough Riders. -- D. Hitch.]
    [Richmond Hill Town web site (The following is courtesy of Dan Buttineau, Manager of Richmond Green, November 2001:) In 1985 the multi-purpose use facility, intended to be shared jointly by the Richmond Hill Lawn Bowls Club & Richmond Hill Soccer Club, was constructed by the Town of Richmond Hill, under the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department. The town is still owner and operator. The facility is fully used, seven days per week which allows the town to maximize revenue generation while accommodating the needs of lawn bowling and soccer.
    (The following is courtesy of Lawrence Janit, Executive Director, Richmond Hill Soccer Club, OCTOBER 26, 2001:) The Indoor facility is used for lawn bowls during the day, our youth house league in the evening, adult soccer in the late evening, bowls on Saturday morning, challenge league soccer on Saturday afternoon and evening and all day Sunday with our women's recreational league playing the last 2 hours on Sunday evening. The facility is also home to 50 different shows (dogs, crafts, automobile, birds, etc.) throughout the year.
    The Richmond Green is an ideal facility for all types of winter sports and shows. There is such a demand for indoor space that the town is now looking at building another facility.]
    Sarnia: plays futsal in High Schools, apr. 400 players. Sarnia girls club building outdoor soccer centre with help from City.
    St. Thomas: started in late 70's early 80's using high school gyms and outdoor balls, informal play, school kicked players out because of ball doing damage to equipment. Brazil Detroit Express, Detroit, gave us Penalty balls (no bounce Brazilian balls and FIFUSA, futebal de salao rules), convinced schools that these balls would not damage their equipment. Late 80's switched to low bounce balls from Umbro, Mikasa, Sporteck and others. Early 90's formed futsal leagues on a regular basis for adults and youth. Presently using two gyms for league play and two gyms for tournament play, have apr. 200 players in our organiztion.
    [Update from Bob, 12 Aug 2000: By the way, St. Thomas is getting a new multi purpose indoor facility in 2001.]
    Thunder Bay: private board facility no numbers.
    Sault Ste. Marie: Community facility, boards, no numbers, want to switch next year to futsal.
    Toronto: besides the mentioned facilities, there are at least 8 Latino leagues which play in school and college gyms on weekends, mostly adults some youth, estimated number 1,000. No walls, use similar rules as futsal.
    Vaughan: Ontario Soccer Centre: owned by OSA, full size field, field turf, can be also divided into three small pitches. Has offices for OSA staff and meeting rooms and also outdoor pitches. 12 Million $ price tag.Not cheap to rent. Big controversy about Association getting involved in owning facility which serves very few. [December 2000: The website for the Carlos Rivas Soccer School has a picture of this field. -- D. Hitch]
    Waterloo: Indoor facility without boards, for 7/8/9 aside full side, or three futsal fields when needed. Community owned with club's assistance. Futsal league:600 players, play all week. Some training full field, but no league for full field.
    [January 2, 2001: In summer of 2001, a multi-use recreation facility will open in the new Kitchener-Waterloo Millenium Recreation Park. Besides 4 ice sheets and 4 gyms it features a 40,000 square foot indoor field house which can divide into 3 playing areas. Artificial turf covers each playing surface and net partitions act as dividers. The web site strangely does not mention indoor soccer, but they are putting in 10 outdoor fields. -- Thanks to Bob Luft for this update.] [The facility is now called RIM Park. Floorplan of RIM Park - October, 2001.]
    Welland: one rink, sand based, club owned, next to big outdoor soccer complex. Windsor: uses indoor golf course (private) for some training. No formal league as far as I know.
    [The Italian Canadian HandiCAPABLE Association has begun a $5.3 million project which will include a large (190' x 86'), board and turf style indoor field. The City of Windsor is providing land, servicing and tax forgiveness. The floorplan of the Sports Complex shows, in addition to the soccer lines, four volleyball courts and a running track. The track is intended for special needs events. The flooring system will be unique. Inside the dasherboards will be a plastic tiling system, and removable carpet will be put on top of the tiling. "The crown jewel of the ICHA's activities is hosting the annual Special Olympic Indoor Soccer Tournament involving more than 400 participants who arrive from numerous localities throughout Ontario, Quebec as well as the State of Michigan" (Jeremy Renaud).
    We thank Jeremy Renaud, Project/General Manager, ICHA Sports Complex, for bringing this project to our attention through email, June 27-29, 2001.]
    Woodstock: plays in High School, apr. 300 players>. Soccer Club and City purchased land and buildings from Ontario government to build 20 outdoor soccer fields and an indoor facility.

    Most of the provincial associations have their own indoor rules based on the US indoor leagues. OSA acknowledges the existence of futsal in the Ontario and Ontario Futsal Association is an affiliated member of OSA. Schools, colleges and universities play a hybrid game: three walls, and some have height restrictions.
    Futsal organizations favour small teams max 8-9 per team, use a size 3 ball for youth 12 and under and a size 4 for the older players. We have many young players under the age of 12 and starting with the age of 6. At the beginning it is difficult for them to keep the ball inbounds but after three weeks they have the fundamental skills to keep the ball inbounds and make meaningful passes to team members than rather kick and run. Young players are willing to learn, it is a different story with parents and older players. We had many sessions were we explained the purpose of the game to players, coaches and parents. We are very happy that after 10 years our senior players play an excellent controlled game with many passes and few balls out of control.
    We have a website which will give you also more links into the fusal world: www.ontariofutsal.on.ca
    By the way, I forwarded to the organizers of the Artic games, Dean Mastrangelo and Jean Wallace some written material about Futsal and a ball. If you need any rule book and other material and a ball, we are glad to send it free of charge.
    -- Bob Luft

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    Montreal: John Soppit is part of a group developing a second indoor centre in Montreal. He found this web site and offers this information: "In Montreal we only have one indoor soccer stadium. Unfortunately I don't remember the name. It has 3 indoor fields all with FieldTurf as well as a small gym and little snack bar. Other than that I do not believe there are any other indoor soccer fields in Quebec. We are hoping to break ground on Stadium 21 by June 1st. We will house 4 indoor fields as well as a sports store and restaurant. Our fields will measure 100' * 165' each with 22' between so when all 3 are used as one you will have a field of 165' * 344'. The fourth field will be used only as a single field or driving range." (--email from John Soppit, 5 April 2002)

    Bob Luft also wrote: We know of one privately owned facility in Laval, 3 pads with boards, one has been converted to futsal. Many teams no numbers. Also three latino leagues which play in gyms as in Toronto ( February 18, 2000).

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    Nova Scotia

    Halifax has two very different facilities. Soccer Nova Scotia recently (1998?) constructed the Soccer Nova Scotia Training Centre for 1.625 million dollars with 167K (plus HST) for carpet. It has one field without boards, 100 ft by 200 ft, with an 8 ft perimeter outside the lines. SNS financed most of the capital cost, and user fees cover all operating expenses. $87.40 (HST included) is the most expensive hourly rental.
        There is also an older, board and turf type facility in Halifax. Several people in Whitehorse have played there. It seems to be at least 15 years old. Since the municipal recreation people in Halifax do not know anything about it, it is likely privately owned and operated.

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