NMYAFL and USA Football Partners for Safety Since 2012

Why Join NMYAFL?

The New Mexico Young America Football and Cheer League is the oldest and most respected youth football and cheer organization in the state of New Mexico. Nearly 54 years ago, NMYAFL was organized to teach the youth of our communities the sport of football and cheer. Since that time, the organization has grown from just a few areas to many districts across the Albuquerque Metro area.

One simple rule has always governed the organization and allowed it to grow. We are about the kids. We have a competitive and a recreational division. We offer a program for all level of play. We are not perfect, but continuously strive to keep the well being of our kids as our main focus. We understand that the longevity and success of our youth football organization depends on the positive experience of the players and the parents in our community.

Why should my child play in the New Mexico Young America Football League?

  • All of the equipment needed to play is included in the registration fee !  Nothing else need to buy to play!
  • All  of our coaches are USA Football Heads-Up Certified . The premier youth football governing body in the United States. Not only are our head coaches certified, but all our assistant coaches as well.
  • National, State and Local background checks for all player contact volunteers. This includes all coaches, and team administration including managers and moms.
  • Our practice and game facilities are locally sourced to your area. While games will be held at many locations throughout the Albuquerque metro area.
  • Championship Superbowl games are held at Local High School Stadiums!
  • Practices are held at convenient times for your athlete to attend. The majority of games are played on Saturdays. Championship Games are held on Sundays.
  • NMYAFL has many returning players. Our teams promote Good Sportsmanship, Fair Play, Teamwork, and Self Respect, along with Respect of others.
  • NMYAFL teams are all volunteers. Parents need not fear a huge commitment of volunteer time, unless they choose to. You may be asked to help out on occasion to hold down markers or help with refreshments.
  • NMYAFL parents and players are not required to fundraise large amounts of money to play. Parents may choose to help the team fundraise for items for the players and cheerleaders or to travel for post season if the team desires. Coaches will not "require" players to take personal lessons with them or to attend expensive camps or other team activities (OTA’s). Players are welcomed and even encouraged to attend local camps in their area, but it is never mandatory.
  • NMYAFL areas are associated with their local high school. The league is structured around the current metro area high school district maps. Check with your local area school for the school district boundaries. Many high school football programs offer local skills camps and other fun activities to familiarize the player with the game as well as to introduce them to their great schools.
  • NMYAFL offers various levels of play and programs. This is in line with the USA Football governing body. In fact, NMYAFL was the second league in the nation to adopt the USA football safety program.

NMYAFL has teams in areas ranging from the as far north as Bernalillo, east as Moriarty, south as Belen, and west as Grants. This makes for fun traveling to play your games similar to high school. There are a lot of programs to choose from. We hope you will see why we are the best in the Albuquerque area and choose to place your child in one of our districts and to become a part of the best organization in the state!

Spring Tackle

Spring Tackle Football Program at a Glance

  • Spring Tackle Football season starts March 16th and continues through May. Spring Championships are the weekend before Memorial Day
  • Games are held on Saturdays and are played at Mesa Del Sol Regional Sports Complex and Rio Rancho Sports Plex.
  • Ages 7 – 14 (League age is child’s age on August 31st of current year).
  • Age Groups: Mighty Mites - 7yr olds (7U), Pee Wee - 8yr olds (8U). Rookies - 9yr olds (9U), Freshman - 10yr olds (10U), Sophomores - 11yr olds (11U), Juniors - 12yr olds (12U), Varsity - 13-14yr olds (14U).
  • Teams are divided by age and high school district.
  • Tackle registration fee includes the helmet, shoulder pads, jersey, pants and mouthpieces.
  • Spring season practice only 3 days week. Practice times are determined by coach and are usually early evening.
  • 6 Regular season games with possibility of playoff game(s)
  • Players in all Spring Tackle divisions receive a minimum 6 play per half of playing time.
  • Players entering the 9th grade in the fall of the current year are NOT eligible to play Spring Tackle Football

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Spring NFL Flag

Spring NFL Flag Football Program at a Glance

  • Spring NFL Flag season starts March 16th and continues through May. Spring Championships are the weekend before Memorial Day
  • Games are held on Saturdays and are played at Mesa Del Sol Regional Sports Complex and Rio Rancho Sportsplex.
  • League age is your child’s age on August 31st of the current year.
  • Age Groups: 5-6yr olds (6U), 7-8yr olds (8U), 9-10yr olds (10U), 11-12yr olds (12U), 13-14yr olds (14U).
  • Teams are divided by age and high school district.
  • NFL Flag registration fee includes the NFL Flag jersey, flags and mouthpieces.
  • Spring season practices are limited to (2) 2 hour practices or 4 hours per week. Practice times are determined by coach and are usually early evening.
  • 6 Regular season games with possibility of playoff game(s)
  • Players in all Spring NFL Flag divisions receive a minimum 6 play per half of playing time.

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Fall Tackle

Football Tackle Football Program at a Glance

  • Fall Tackle Football season starts early July 27th and continues through October. Superbowl Championships are October 25th
  • Games are held on Saturdays and are played at Bullhead, Mesa Del Sol, Rio Rancho Sports Plex and Los Lunas Heritage Park fields.
  • League age is your child’s age on August 31st of the current year.
  • Age Groups: Mighty Mites - 7yr olds (7U), Pee Wee - 8yr olds (8U). Rookies - 9yr olds (9U), Freshman - 10yr olds (10U), Sophomores - 11yr olds (11U), Juniors - 12yr olds (12U), Varsity - 13-14yr olds (14U).
  • Teams are divided by age and high school district.
  • Tackle registration fee includes the helmet, shoulder pads, jersey, pants and mouthpieces.
  • Fall Practices are 2 hours, 5 days a week the first 2 weeks, then goes to 4 days a week. Practice times are determined by coach and are usually early evening.
  • 8 Regular season games with the possibility of playoff game(s)
  • If the Sophomore(11U) and Junior(12U) age groups have two divisions. Division I teams have NO minimum play rule. Playing time is determined by the Head Coach. Division II teams have a six (6) play per half minimum play rule. In addition, there is NO Minimum Play Rule for all Varsity (14U) Teams.

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League Ages

League Rules