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Rock Hill gets new soccer complex

There is a new game in town, and Indoor Soccer City in Rock Hill is the newest and best place for fans of futsal to get their fix.

Futsal - an indoor variation of soccer with five players per side - is not a new sport, but as it is introduced throughout the United States it seems to be gaining popularity at every stop.

Indoor Soccer City has the largest and most complete futsal facility in the region and is quickly becoming the Southeast's authority on the sport.

Futsal action is fast, the goals accumulate in a hurry and the emphasis is on individual skills and conditioning. The game is said to be a great teaching tool for developing the skills needed for outdoor soccer.

In South and Central American countries like Brazil and Uruguay, it is estimated there are more futsal players than traditional outdoor soccer players.

Futsal can be played anywhere there is an indoor basketball court and features a slightly smaller and heavier ball than a regulation soccer ball.

Indoor Soccer City is in a converted warehouse at 1453 Dave Lyle Blvd. in Rock Hill.

The facility has more than 24,000 square feet of turf-covered surfaces and is South Carolina's first facility dedicated to futsal.

Argentine brothers Alex and Carlos Tarque own the facility.

Alex played professional soccer for six years and will serve as a coach, personal trainer and mentor. Carlos will help run the business and spread futsal into Rock Hill.

"As you can imagine, they love soccer, (and) wish to spread the joy of the game to all our communities," said Barnes.

Indoor Soccer City is open to the public 3-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is open to all age groups.

"We have been really pleased with the turnout, and it is a great mix of age groups and types of people," Barnes said.

"It is cool when you see a kid open the door and their face lights up. I hear a lot of people saying how great the facility is and how much they like futsal.

"I think word is spreading, and we have done what we set out to accomplish so far."