The FC Adrenaline, an indoor professional soccer team that plays its home games at the Field Sports Complex in Pontoon Beach, celebrates after a win last season. The new season is set to begin in December.
There’s nothing sports fans crave more than excitement.
And Jan Dolinsky — the new coach of the Metro East-based professional indoor soccer team FC Adrenaline — says indoor soccer delivers the goods to fans not interested in its outdoor cousin.
“This really offers lots of action,” Dolinsky said. “Fans see lots of shots on goal and lots of physical play in indoor soccer. This is really what the American spectator wants to see. The outdoor game is sometimes labeled boring by those who don’t understand it and it sometimes takes three seconds (indoor soccer) for the ball to go from one side of the field to another and for a team to get a shot on goal. You’ll sometimes see each team with 30 shots on goal, that’s 60 shots on goal in a match — lots of action for the fans.”
Outdoor soccer is played on 100-yard fields, just like American-style football, but indoor soccer usually takes place on fields approximately 60 yards long, making scoring easier. In addition, the ball goes out of bounds more frequently in the outdoor game, as a rectangular line defines the playing space, just like in American football, and the ball must be placed inbounds by a player after it goes out of bounds.
In the world of indoor soccer the ball only goes out of bounds when it flies over the glass that separates the players from the crowd — speeding up the pace of the game.
The FC Adrenaline are one of two professional indoor soccer teams in the St. Louis region, the other being the St. Louis Ambush in St. Charles County. In playing a version of the sport more pleasing to fans, players must develop certain skills.
“It’s a fast-paced game and you have to be ready to play short shifts; this involves a lot of anaerobic running,” Dolinsky said. “To be successful you have to have excellent skills and reactions, reflexes. It’s very different than the outdoor game.”
The FC Adrenaline, which first competed in the 2007-08 season, play in the Premier Arena Soccer League with other pro indoor soccer teams around the country. The team plays its home matches at the Field Sports Complex in Pontoon Beach — a focal point for indoor soccer in the Granite City and Pontoon Beach area. The facility houses amateur men’s and women’s leagues for all ages and also serves as a site for soccer clinics.
Granite City resident Tomas Tostado is on FC Adrenaline’s roster this year. But the team has an international flavor with many players from Europe and Latin America.
Jorge Gaona, Steven Niera, Juan Romero, Dawan Saeed, Rekan Ibrahim, Scott Pratte, Bagy Bargarie, Emir Kandzetovic, Semir Dergie, Francisco Arguellez, Kelvin McKissie, Ross Dever, Manuel Gomez, Chris Nicholson, Joseph Holliday, Jose Castizo, Allen Cox, Zach Scamell, Dylan Ritchie, Aaron Moxey, Renato Gudino, Zacks Cammel, Niko Salvino, Jacob Grate, Matthew Fellhauer Ahmed Alfalahi and Danny Schrader are also on the FC Adrenaline’s roster. However, Dolinsky is unsure as to who will play in what position.
This year marks Dolinsky’s first year as head coach, but his storied career goes back several decades. He earned all-American honors at Lewis University in Romeoville and went on to play 15 years of professional soccer before a long stint coaching professional indoor and outdoor teams. Dolinsky said his ideal practice involves as little solitary time as possible and solid activity from beginning to end.
The Premier Arena Soccer League is divided into four divisions based on geographic region: Midwest, Rocky Mountain, Northwest and South Central. Chicago, Detroit, Tulsa, Wichita, Denver, Seattle and Austin are among the cities with teams in the league. FC Adrenaline finished last season with an impressive 9-1 mark, the best in the team’s history. They play five home matches and five away matches in a season.
The FC Adrenaline will compete in exhibition matches in the next few months and will start its regular season in December. No schedule has been released at this time. Anyone interested in tickets for upcoming matches can call (618) 219-1197. Check out FC Adrenaline on Facebook or its website at www.thefieldsportscomplex.com/fcadrenaline.