Unfortunately, there are more talented soccer players in this world than there are professional jobs for them. However, if you’re unable to bend it like Beckham full-time, but still want to make soccer your life, there’s no need to despair. You can start an indoor soccer business. That way, you’ll be able to live and breathe soccer while facilitating opportunities for fitness enthusiasts in your local community.
Your first step will be to find the right premises. Of course, the most important thing is to find a building that’s big enough. The ultimate space would be able to hold a full-size indoor soccer field, plus changing rooms, bench seats for spectators and separate training areas. Remember, too, that there’s every chance injuries might occur, so adequate liability insurance is crucial. Also, try to choose a location that’s as convenient as possible. It’s likely that a significant segment of your market will be comprised of students, so make yourself geographically accessible to schools and parents.
3 Live Indoor Soccer Business Showcase
1. Soccerdome – Landover
2. The Soccer Shed – Ballyclare, Newtownabbey
Third generation (3G) indoor football pitches
3. Edinburgh Leisure Indoor 3G Pitch
Reaching out to potential soccer players
Hiring a large space is expensive. To increase your chances of long term success, you should find as many uses for your space as possible. Get in touch with local groups, from schools to community organisations, to let them know that you’re setting up. Also contact soccer coaches who might be interested in using your premises for running training sessions.
Maximising your profits
Once you’ve taken care of the obvious steps – establishing the space and attracting soccer-minded clients, it’ll be time to think outside the square. You should be aiming to make money whenever possible. So, could you offer novelty activities, such as soccer parties? Or could you expand to non-soccer events, such as children’s birthday parties, markets and/or meetings?
You can also consider setting up a shop, where you sell soccer-related paraphernalia, such as balls, equipment, t-shirts and boots. If you’re keen on hospitality, look into establishing a café. It’s an easy way to make some extra money, given that you’re likely to have a ready-made clientele, with parents hanging about to watch their children play.
Establishing your online presence
Finally, be sure to set up a website and social media accounts so that Internet surfers will be able to find your facility. You can use platforms like Facebook to build up loyalty by running special promotional events, such as free training sessions and merchandise giveaways.