Los Angeles is no stranger to quality football; after all, the city has fielded professional soccer teams for over 50 years. From the Los Angeles Aztecs to the Los Angeles Skyhawks, and now the Galaxy, who have been one of MLS’ top clubs, with 5 MLS Cup victories. The City of Angels has always had a top team to root for, and now they might have two, as Los Angeles FC joins the fray next season. And with Mexico just a hop, skip, and a jump away, the rich culture and tradition of Mexican soccer has always been a part of Los Angeles (for proof, check out how many Mexican fans show up for El Tri matches at the Rose Bowl).
Of course, soccer doesn’t stop on the professional level in this city; almost anywhere you go, you can see and join in on a game. The competition is stiff, but you’ll never have to want for a quality game. Since we know LA is a huge metropolis to navigate looking for a pitch, we made it easy for you and put together a list of the 6 best places to play pickup soccer in Southern California’s premier city.
1. Vista Hermosa Natural Park
Vista Hermosa Natural Park Soccer Fields
100 N. Toluca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Vista Hermosa has one of the best views of Los Angeles that a soccer field can offer. Located just north of downtown LA, the skyline rests just outside the park and provides a rare scope of the city. Two full-sized turf fields sit next to each other and provide game action all day, although you’re going to want to work on your cardio before you head to Vista Hermosa; games are known to go for quite some time using the full pitch.
2. Urban Futsal LA at The Base LA
Urban Futsal LA at The Base LA
352 N Ave 21
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Urban Futsal LA provides one of the most interesting football atmospheres in Los Angeles. Located in Lincoln Heights at adidas’ The Base LA, the indoor complex has art from world-renowned graffiti artists and muralist all over the walls. The 5v5 games are nothing to play with, either; you can get in on the action for just $10 a game on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday Nights. If you really enjoy it, you can join league play with your own team or as a free agent for a slightly higher price tag.
3. Santa Monica Airport Fields
Santa Monica Airport Fields
3201 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Santa Monica airport fields are a true delight for anyone that wishes to get some games in. With a large ranging degree of experience for competition, anyone can come through and enjoy themselves on this beautiful turf field. There are semi-professionals and beginners, women and men here, all on the same pitch. The park is lined with palm trees and creates a tranquil feel for a game. Weekday nights and early mornings may be the best times for pick up games as leagues often use the fields for games, and some children’s teams use it to practice during the day.
4. Goals Soccer Center at South Gate
Goals Soccer Center at South Gate
9599 Pinehurst Ave.
South Gate, CA 90280
Tired of always having to wait around for a field? No problem. Goals Soccer Center has you covered. You can swing by and play on one of their 11 small-sized soccer fields, which make for great 5v5 and 7v7 action. If you want to guarantee your spot, you can organize your own meetup and book one of their fields online on their website. In addition, if you find yourself still not satisfied, you can always join one of their competitive leagues and get a few games in a week. This is a great spot to hone your skills on the pitch.
5. Playa Vista Soccer Field
Playa Vista Soccer Field
13196 Bluff Creek Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90094
Playa Vista Soccer Field comes through with a very authentic Los Angeles soccer experience. With players from all sides of the world, you’ll be sure to get the international flavor of the game. The field isn’t full sized but it is perfect for a tough 7v7 game. The field is located inside the park which also offers other beautiful sports facilities, if a game of soccer doesn’t satisfy all of your athletic needs.
6. MacArthur Park
2230 W 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Located in the Westlake area of Los Angeles, the scenic surroundings make MacArthur Park worth visiting for some matches. The field is surrounding by the beautiful lake, plenty of trees, and scenic walking paths. The games run here all day and you can get a few runs in on one visit. Just be prepared, because there is often stiff competition.