After spending over an hour at the Free Kick indoor soccer facility interviewing co-owner Nicolás Larsen, it’s safe to say the space is truly one of a kind. Not only because it’s the largest indoor soccer field in the state of Florida, but because Larsen and his partners have built quite literally by hand a unique and wholesome sports experience shaped by their admiration for the game.
The construction on the facility took over a year to complete, and for Larsen and his partners knowing absolutely nothing about construction, the final result is nothing short of spectacular. After being open for only two months, lines at night to play pickup games can wrap around the building. They average 12 teams of 6 a night, but even with 72 athletes running around, the converted warehouse is designed to feel as spacious as a real Olympic arena. To rent the facility by the hour for games or private events, simply visit their website, freekickcenter.com, and select the desired time slot under “Book.”
The astroturf arena is even appealing to non-soccer events. The arena has been rented out for activities such as flag football teams to play games, and dance groups to practice routines. Free Kick also offers party packages; which includes access to their private party rooms set up with tables, chairs, and decorations, and of course, the soccer field. Not limited exclusively to birthday parties, the rooms are fit for any sort of celebration. Their website includes the hourly rates based on the amount of players, and additional party services such as a photographer, referee, or catering options.
Registration for adult tournaments just opened up for the spring, they anticipate a large draw to the events, which potential teams can sign up for online or in person at the arena. Larsen said their own Free Kick league is in the making, but for the moment they’re just trying to combat crowds that fill their field every night. With the growth of the company and more soccer enthusiasts showing interest, he would love to eventually have coed teams and leagues as well. On Saturdays, the fields are open to kids ages 8-15. “Weekends are unpredictable when it comes to turn out,” he mentioned, but he’s starting to see an increase in kids coming to the facility, and would love more parents bringing them in for games and possible tournaments for younger age groups. Sign ups for Summer camps are also available online or in person, which are expected to be popular as well.
For only $10 you can play pickup games for 3 hours a night, but Free Kick is much more than that. Their private events, parties, and tournaments bring countless people to the facility every day. The unique space is available for hourly booking, everything is based on first come first serve, and time slots are going fast. All events include access to in-house concessions at cafe Mr. Panini, offering drinks, hot meals, sandwiches, desserts and more. The food is delicious and refreshing, allowing players to eat and recharge before getting back in the game. Even enjoy outdoor seating on their covered patio overlooking the complex. Located just 2 miles from downtown Orlando, it’s truly a destination for all athletes and soccer enthusiasts.