Who and What We Are - Summer Edition - April 19 2018

Who and What We Are – Summer Edition - April 8 2018

Albuquerque Soccer League offers men’s, women’s and coed competitions. We are affiliated with the New Mexico State Soccer Association, the United States Adult Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation.

More important is what we’re not. We’re not the English Premier League or La Liga. We’re an amateur recreational soccer league comprised of people who play for exercise and to have fun and generally have to get up go to work after a weekend game. If you have players who decided to play here instead of joining Ronaldo at Real Madrid, your player is misguided and needs to play elsewhere. We have a low tolerance for people who show up to fight, riot and abuse and assault referees or other players.

During the summer we offer coed soccer on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, women’s over-30 soccer on Thursday evenings, men’s 7 v 7 over-30 soccer on Friday, and men’s and women’s open competition and women’s over-40 on Sundays.  We offer a small coed division on Sundays that plays during the day, not after work like the weekday coed.  However, because we're using city parks and a lot are no longer usable, we'll probably only have space for one or two fields of play.

To play coed and men’s and women’s open, a player must be at 16 years old on the date on which they register.  This is not a youth soccer league.  For Over-30 and Over-40 competitions, the player must have reached their 30thor 40th birthday on the date they register.

We have made several substantive changes to make your life easier:

1. The situation with city and APS fields is simply no longer working both from a safety perspective and availability of fields.  We’ve worked out arrangements with the soccer complex in Santa Ana to play weeknight coed games there and will not need the additional expense of turning on the lights.  Hence, you also don’t need to buy or bring a net or flags to your game.

2. Tuesday coed games will all now be played on Tuesday.  We will no longer move games back to Sunday.

3. It will cost $10 more for coed.

4. We will only assign a center referee for the summer coed games.

5. We will offer men’s 7 v 7 Over 30 play on Friday nights on one city field.  We will offer women’s 7 v 7 Over 30 play on Thursday nights on one city field.  Because we’re using smaller field dimensions, we can fit three fields on one city park and accommodate 12 teams each night.

6. We’ll try offering women’s 7 v 7 at the same location on Sunday afternoons.  Whether we actually make it happen depends on teams singing up.

7. We’ll try offering a men’s Over 50 competition after the women’s Over 40 games on Sunday morning.  The league will divvy up players into teams to avoid problems we’ve had with this division in the past.

Important things to do register your team for the summer season:

  1. Submit your team application. If you’re an existing team from spring 2018 or summer 2017, do this from your team folder. If you are a new team, do it from the link in the article on the front page of the web site. There is no team application fee for summer soccer.  All player fees will be submitted either through the online payment system or in person at the office.
  2. Get enough players to have a team. Please don’t assume that we have a bunch of extra players to fill out your roster and especially please don’t assume we have five women looking for a coed team at any point in time.
  3. Do not pay for another player's registration fee.  If they do not pay you back, that is an issue between the two of you.  We only do refunds to the person whose name is on the passcard.
  4. We have space for 20 coed teams on each of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  When it’s full, that’s it.  You hit the waiting list in hopes that someone drops out.
  5. We are not separating teams out for upper and lower competition levels in coed soccer in the team application process.  Based on your track record as an existing ASL coed team, we will group the good teams together and the teams who still have potential to be good together.  If your team is new, we will request a roster of your players and their experience when you submit your team application.  As a bit of advice, the more you try to sell us on how bad your team is, the les persuasive your story get.
  6. Right now you and your players can pay in a couple of different ways. Rather than go into depth in this brief introduction, please go to the link on the left titled How to Pay.
  7. Please direct your new players to complete their annual Online Liability Waiver.  Players who registered in the fall 2017 or spring 2018 competitions do NOT need to complete the Online Liability Waiver again for summer play.

Dates to Remember

We want you to complete your player registration as soon as possible. We’ve discovered that setting arbitrary dates for arbitrary numbers of players to be entered in your team folder (further information in the Registering Players link on the left) is somewhat pointless. Hence, we monitor the activity in your player folder. We begin putting the schedule together starting May 20. If there has been no activity in you assembling player records and no players have been paid for, we are going to contact you to see if you really have a team, as including a phantom team in the schedule causes a lot of problems. If you are one of those teams, and particularly if you are a new team, we’re going to be very pushy about you moving the process forward.

Start dates:

  • Women Over 30 – May 31
  • Men Over-30 – June 1
  • Men and Women Open, Women Over-40, Sunday coed – June 3
  • Monday Coed – June 4
  • Tuesday coed – June 5
  • Wednesday Coed – June 6

Three Important Steps to Register a Player

  1. Complete the player record in the team folder. If it is not complete and ready to print a passcard, which means including a picture, your player pays an extra $10 for us to do the Team Rep's job. Directions are on the right in the link titled Creating Player Profiles
  2. Sign the online liability waiver. The link is on the front page of the web site and is the first item under Headlines.
  3. Pay your player registration fee. Everyone can go online and pay by credit or debit card. If you don’t have one, go to Smiths and Walgreens and get one and use it. You don’t need to come to the office.

Extremely Important Information You Should Know

  1. We do not take credit card numbers over the phone. It is a violation of our contract with our card processing company. Do not call with your credit card number, do not tell your players to call with their credit card number.
  2. It is the team rep's job to set up a folder for each player and post the player's personal information (address, DOB, phone, e-mail) and a picture of the player. The team reps who don't do this are the reason why the lines at the office are so long. Therefore, if you show up and your team rep has not done this, there is an extra $10 fee for the staff to do your team rep's job and complete your folder. In the alternative, you can leave and contact your team rep to get the job done and save you $10.
  3. If you have a coach who is not a player, the coach must have a coach passcard issued by the office with the coach’s picture and name. If a person claims to the referee that he or she is the coach and has not provided the referee with the league-issued passcard, the person will be considered a fan and any incident will be dealt with under the league rules for fan misconduct.
  4. Refund information is in a separate link on the left.
  5. A player must be 16 years old or older on the date of player registration. There is no shortage of youth soccer leagues around town.
  6. Player passcards are not interchangeable. Each player must have a passcard with their name, picture and date of birth on it. If you get caught using someone else’s passcard, everyone involved will get suspended from the league for a year. Last year, we suspended several people because they got caught.
  7. Players who owe the league fines from previous seasons and have not completely served game suspensions must do so prior to playing. There is a complete list of such player posted through Spring 2017.
  8. If you have a sponsor paying your registration, please let us know. Otherwise, you pay when you register or you don’t register
  9. Men’s and women’s open division require numbered uniform pursuant to the same rules of the fall and spring season.  We do not require numbered uniforms for coed, over-30, or over-40.

If your team rep cannot find someone to handle the player registration, you can do a manual process whereby you pay the office staff $50 (in advance) and they will collect your player’s pictures and personal information and enter it in the computer. This gets you one meeting with your players to take their pictures and obtain their names, address, phone, date of birth. Since your players can manage to get together for a game, they can get together for pictures once. Because they’re doing this on their own time rather than office hours, you get to pay them for assuming your burden. Call the office or e-mail to aslsoccerstaff@gmail to make arrangements. Once we have a player’s picture and personal information loaded, they don’t have to do this again.

Office Hours

Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30. p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Please note that the office is staffed on Thursday evening by League officers on a volunteer basis. If the office is not going to be open Thursday evenings because we’re out of people, we will try to get word on the telephone message. The League phone number is 346-0831 and the league e-mail address is aslsoc@swcp.com for Mike or aslsoccerstaff@gmail for the office staff.

Sponsors

Albuquerque Sol

Affiliates

New Mexico State Soccer Association

United State Adult Soccer Association

United States Soccer Federation