MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Now that the temperatures are turning colder, soccer players in the area are taking the game inside to continue improving their skills and make Marquette a hub for talent.
"It's very important for the players, for their development, to have persistence and consistency," says Sasa Kostic, Director of Coaching for Marquette United.
To do that... Soccer players need to be working year-round.
"We had our first indoor soccer program last year, and we included those from kindergarten to fifth grade and it was extremely successful, so we wanted to add more age groups this year," says Marissa Palomaki, Recreational Director of Superiorland Soccer.
So Superiorland Soccer and Marquette United teamed up to give area players from Pre-K to 12th grade the opportunity to play inside, which is much different than the outdoor game.
"The so important thing is they operate in a very tight space, so decision making process is a little bit different when you play outdoor soccer, because you have to make a fast decision and you have to make a decision before you receive the ball, and it's really going to increase the ability of the players to think quicker," explains Kostic.
"Sasa our trainer is really good and I'm really looking forward to going through the season with him, because I think he has a lot of knowledge to show us and I think we can really improve on our soccer skills," says Evan Sysko, a 13-year-old participant.
"We try to provide them with real great opportunity that they can be exposed to the good training and other methodologies so maybe in the future they really can achieve their goals - playing on a college some division or even professional. It's a long way to go but we start it," Kostic says.
This seven week session has more than 170 kids registered and is now closed, but there will be another one starting in January. For more information and registration, you can visit superiorlandsoccer.com.