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After raising $30,000 to make a dream a reality, Lewis County's Friends of Youth Soccer has opened a new indoor soccer arena inside a barn at Jackson's Mill.

It's the product of a partnership between the two groups, that will make life easier for soccer players and families across the area.

"Several of us here in the county have been traveling to Morgantown and Charleston during the winter months to do some indoor play, and even other places, and we just thought it'd be great if we could get something here in North Central West Virginia that teams could come and use and wouldn't have to travel as far," said  Mike Spangler with the Friends of Youth Soccer.

Although it makes life easier for the parents, kids in the area are happy to have a chance to work on their skills through the off season. But it's not quite the same as your average soccer game. They have a different set of skills to refine.

"The training and getting used to playing indoor. Take a lot of ball control and it's a lot smaller, so you've got to jump right to it," said Jeremy Bell, a soccer player.

While Spangler's happy to have a place for Lewis County kids to play, he said they've already reached teams from outside the county line.

"Ever since we started putting the turf down we've had a lot of interest in using it. We had kids practicing when we only had have the turf done. It's really good to see it finally come to fruition, and have the turf down, and we're looking forward to moving forward with it," Spangler said.

Spangler said Friends of Youth Soccer is looking to put together winter leagues, as well as leagues for all ages from kids to adults.