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Practices, Games, & Team Placements

Where do we practice?
Zia Youth Soccer League has teams that practice at city and county parks, as well as APS joint-use facilities, throughout Albuquerque.  We always work closely with each of our families to ensure that children are placed on teams that practice at the location that is most convenient for them, according to current availability.  Please note that practice locations are determined by each individual team's volunteer head coach, and therefore may vary somewhat from season to season.  

When do we practice?
Practice schedules vary slightly, according to the needs of each individual team.  Some of our teams practice once a week while others practice twice a week.  Practices will last roughly an hour, are always held on weekdays in the late afternoon to evening hours, and will begin two to three weeks prior to the first game of the season.  This flexibility is due to the fact that we allow our coaches to choose their practice details in order to best serve their individual groups of players and families.  Again, Zia Youth Soccer League always works closely with each family to make sure that players are given practice times that work with his or her family's schedule.  

How do I request that my child be placed on the same team as his/her friend, or with a specific coach?  When will I know if my request has been fulfilled?  How will my child's team placement be determined if I have none of these requests?  As part of the registration process, you will be given the opportunity to request a specific coach or teammate.  Then, once the regular registration period ends, we will proceed with placing all players on their teams according to the requests provided at registration, as availability allows.  If you have no specific requests for your child's team placement, we will place your child on the team that practices closest to your home, again as availability allows.  Practice locations, days & times are determined each season by each team's head coach, and therefore the availability of specific practice locations or days may vary somewhat from season to season.        

*Please note that although we always do our absolute best to honor team placement requests whenever possible, we are unfortunately unable to guarantee any requests.  Therefore, if you have very specific needs for your child's team placement, please contact us at [email protected] prior to registering in order to confirm that the practice schedule or location you need is available.  Thank you!  

Where are games?
Zia Youth Soccer League's games are currently held at Altura Park and Bataan Memorial Park, which are centrally-located just off of I-40 at Carlisle, just down the road from one another.  Having all of our games close together like this offers a unique convenience for families with multiple children, as there is no need to drive all over town to different game locations.  Zia Youth Soccer League strives to make game days fun and convenient for every member of the family!  

When are games?

In any given season, Zia Youth Soccer League will have eight weeks of Saturday games (weather-permitting...please see the Inclement Weather Policy beneath the "About Us" tab on our home page).  The first games of Zia Youth Soccer League's Spring 2020 Soccer Season will be held on Saturday, March 28th.  The detailed game schedule will be posted online (to be accessed by registered participants only) in mid-March.    

*Practice and game locations are subject to change at any time, if necessary, in accordance with the needs of our volunteer coaches and City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department's regulations.