Indoor Recreational Programs Additional Information

Participation in indoor soccer is encouraged for those with a strong interest in the game as it provides for continuous skill development year round. Indoor soccer is a unique challenge offering players the opportunity to excel at the game in a fast paced environment.

This program is offered to all players in the U9 to U18 age divisions as determined by year of birth. Each division is divided into boys and girls teams with players being randomly allocated to rosters. The divisions are further separated into two age groupings; U9 to U12 and U13 to U18. The teams in each division will play matches against other teams governed by WYSA at various venues across the city of Winnipeg and surrounding communities.

Season of Play

Teams will generally play twice a week one refereed match at various indoor facilities and one practice in a local gymnasium. The practice location and night varies from team to team depending on availability. Additional practice time on a turf surface will also be provided.

Boys teams typically play on Sundays and girls teams on Saturdays. Depending on the number of teams in a division as well as field and referee availability Thursday or Friday evenings may also be utilized as an alternative.


No scores or standings are kept and the season of play runs from October until March with a two week break at the end of December.

U13 - U18

Scores and standings are tabulated by the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) for the U13-U18 divisions. The regular season of play runs from October until January with a two week break at the end of December. The Cambrian Challenge Play offs are held in February and March culminating in a final with the top two teams from each division competing for the Cambrian Challenge Cup.

Game Format

Game play differs significantly from the outdoor season of play. All teams play on fields which are approximately a quarter the size of a full size field with proportionally sized nets. U9 - U12 divisions play 7 players a side, U13 - U18 divisions play 6 players a side. This results in a very fast paced game which is a unique challenge to players. All matches consist of two 30 minute halves with a one minute break between halves.

The FIFA Laws of the Game are enforced, except where revised by Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) Rules and Regulations.

The WYSA Rules and Regulations related to recreational indoor play, mainly address these areas:

  • Changes to standard field sizes

  • Changes to the number of players on the field

  • Changes to the allowance of substitutions.

  • The removal of offside.

  • Any other changes as deemed necessary.

Skill Development

The Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model continues to be followed which encourages success through a positive and supportive environment. All players receive equal playing time.

Practice time remains an important and vital part of the game, as the necessary technical and tactical skills cannot be learned with only regular game play. The emphasis in practice is on team play and on developing and enhancing skills involving controlling the ball (dribbling, receiving, stopping), passing, and shooting. U13 - U18 teams also work on developing more advanced soccer techniques, tactical awareness, self-discipline and more detailed specific positional skills. 


During the indoor season teams have the option of registering to play in additional tournaments. Teams can participate in any tournaments which qualify for sanctioning either locally or internationally. Whether a team chooses to participate in a tournament is up to the coach and players as tournament fees and associated costs are not included in the cost of regular registration and will require additional fees.


The coaches and other team officials are all volunteers who are often the parents or family members of players on the teams, many with a personal interest in soccer or simply an interest in helping the team. Coaches at this level are required to complete screening, expected to receive certification in a number of courses and to follow specific rules and regulations.

On teams in which the coach and assistant coach are both of the opposing gender than the players, a same gender adult must also be present on the bench during all matches. This person is not required to have passed a background check.

Game Volunteers

One volunteer from each team is required at every match. Spectators should anticipate this need and volunteer willingly to fulfill this role as matches cannot commence unless this volunteer is in place and noted on the game sheet.

The role of the volunteer is Referee Liaison. It is the Referee Liaison’s job to control the behavior of their teams spectators, warning them politely to stop any misbehavior. They should not confront spectators from the opposition, but submit a report to WYSA if they witness improper conduct.


Spectators are expected to follow the CYSA Code of Conduct at all times. Spectators must remain in the stands. No spectators are authorized to enter the field of play, change rooms, or change room corridors at any time. The only possible exception is a same gender adult who must be requested by the team officials and noted on the game sheet.


A referee and assistant referee is assigned for each match. All referees must be shown respect and courtesy at all times. The referees, regardless of age, have authority over the entire game. Examples of this authority are:

  • To disallow a player from participating in a match due to improper or unsafe equipment.

  • Present a Yellow or Red card to a player or coach for unsafe, disrespectful or abusive behavior, at their discretion.

  • Dismiss a spectator from the field if they are being disruptive.

  • Stop, suspend or abandon a game for any offences or because of outside interference from spectators.

Relevant quote from FIFA Laws of the Game 2017/2018:

“The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final. The decisions of the referee, and all other match officials, must always be respected.

The referee may not change a decision on realizing that it is incorrect or on the advice of another match official if play has restarted or the referee has signaled the end of the first or second half (including extra time) and left the field of play or terminated the match.”

There is a serious problem with youth referees choosing not to stay in the referee program in their later teen years and into adulthood. The main reason for this is the intimidation and abusive treatment by coaches and parents. Abuse of a referee at any age will not be tolerated.

Show your support for the team and the game by being respectful and supportive of the referees.


Each player is asked to use the same jersey, shorts and socks used during the previous outdoor season of play. If a player did not play on a CYSA team these items will be provided and are theirs to keep. Players will also need to provide their own shin pads, water bottle, indoor only cleats, and practice runners or flat soled soccer shoes. It is also recommended that each player bring a regulation sized ball to practice (U9-U10 Superlight size 4, U11-U12 size 4, U13-U18 size 5).

Official Rules:

WYSA Indoor Rules and Regulations 2020/2021

FIFA Laws of the Game 2021/2022