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“You better be safe right now,” said Robles. “The time will come when it will be good to go out and replay football.”

So far, Robles and some 20,000 young footballers from across the state are relegated to home training sessions. All league games, training and travel have been suspended, said Gloria Faber, executive director of the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association.

Faber said NMYSA, which oversees club and recreational football in the state, follows all recommendations by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and other regulations of U.S. Youth Soccer and the American Football Federation. US Youth Soccer called on all leagues to suspend play and training until at least April 15, said Faber. She said that she checks with them every week for updates.

Justin Sells is the director of the New Mexico youth soccer program. He sent video training sessions to his players during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Justin Sells)

“Only three days after the start of this week, and I think the kids are being withdrawn from football,” said Faber. “It’s difficult for everyone. I hope they will remain active and we will be ready to leave when the restrictions are lifted. “

NMYSA connects with young footballers via social media and encourages coaches to communicate with their players online.

The NMYSA plans to offer an interactive phone app, Top Tekkers, which offers multiple training sessions and soccer activities, said Faber. The company is lowering the price from $ 35 to $ 5 right now, she said.

Justin Sells, director of New Mexico Rush, used his own knowledge instead of the application. He sent training sessions to Rush players on video and assigned him a weekly training routine.

“I want them to work technically and tactically, and watch reruns of the Premier League or any football,” said Sells. “They should spend as much time as possible watching the game. We have video analysis and we can send game clips to our players and send full matches. “

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Many Rush teams, mainly teams under the age of 13 to under 19, were within three weeks of the spring season before all play was suspended.

Sells planned to bring teams to Las Vegas, Nevada last weekend and this coming weekend for national tournaments, showcases of players who draw colleges from across the United States. These have been canceled. Regional events, the Elite Club National League tournaments in Colorado, have also been eliminated.

“Tournaments in Las Vegas are the rare events for college coaches to see before their high school careers end,” said Sells.

Sells and other members of the New Mexico youth football community prepare for the closure of the New Mexico State Cup. The tournament, featuring various age group teams competing to enter the Far West regional game, is scheduled for May 2-22 at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

“We are waiting to hear about the State Cup,” said Stephanie Coppola, director of training for Albuquerque United FC Timbers and Thorns. “We are waiting for any type of sign that can bring children together safely. Until we hear that, we won’t do anything with the teams. “

Robles hopes that clarity will arrive soon.

He plans to train and play for the first New Mexico U-23 team in May, and is in the United States’ high performance program. He wants to play football at college and can’t wait to get back on the field with his teammates.

Until then, he will continue to train at home.

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