The Olimpus 7 chain of sports centers is one of the most established in Mexico City; in fact, according to its website, it has a total of eleven locations in the capital, all of which offer reputably good service, top-notch equipment and the option to hire a qualified referee if you want to kick the friendly up a notch. They also offer fútbol rápido pitches and fútbol soccer pitches. The only possible downside is that they use artificial turf and the registration of a team will cost around MXN$700.
If you’d rather play soccer on actual grass, then Pumas 7 is the ideal place for you. Situated in the south of the city, it offers a touch more space than most 7 on 7 pitches in the capital and also has the benefit of allowing each player to pay up front in a single payment, which covers everything from registration to referees. They only run tournaments on the weekends, though, and you must be aged 15 or over to play there.
Parque de Pilares perhaps constitutes a more rough and ready local option, given that there are no subscription fees to play on this rectangular concrete court. Instead, you just show up and wait your turn, although it does get very crowded; if you don’t want to be hanging around, either show up early or don’t bother. If you do decide to give it a chance, though, you won’t regret it; the atmosphere is great and there are plenty of shops and cafés nearby if you need to refuel.
For a more centric option (as opposed to the predominantly southern pitches that have been featured so far), Planet Gol situated in La Roma would make for an excellent destination. However, you will have to pay for your convenient location because the registration of a team costs close to MXN$4000, and it’s not even open on weekends. If you can afford the subscription, you’ll be pleased to know that the level of amateurs playing here are generally decent and Planet Gol also has other branches throughout Mexico City.
If you’re looking to rent out a pitch for a one-off match with friends, FEMAC Pedregal is ideal. Here you can play and pay by the hour on the FIFA approved AstroTurf indoor pitches, and decide whether you want to hire a referee or not. For a soccer pitch option that offers ease and convenience, but with a professional set-up not available in public parks, FEMAC Pedregal makes for the obvious choice.
Four soccer pitches are on offer at Alameda Oriente, our final Mexico City soccer pitch recommendation. Aside from these so-called soccer pitches, though, there is also one soccer pitch for 7 on 7 games and 14 fútbol rápido pitches, for when you’ve only got time for a quick game. Alongside its soccer-oriented services, Alameda Oriente also offers a selection of basketball courts, racquetball courts and space for volleyball fans to show off their skills. If you’re looking for a soccer pitch that gives you options, this is the one for you.
By Lauren Cocking