After several months of hard labor and clean up by Gabe Nosseir, Jeremiah Pena, and Casey Grange, the International Indoor Soccer Arena opened its doors October 4, 2001. That first year the IISA hosted a fall tournament, three adult seasons, one youth season, and a winter break camp. The arena quickly gathered a following and grew its leagues and programs, year after year. In fall of 2008, the IISA started its child-development program called Lil’ Kickers. Jeremiah took the reigns of Lil’ Kickers, which is for children 18 months to 9 years-old. While realizing the IISA had a great following and tremendously loyal customers who suffered in a run-down building, and dealing with landlord issues, Gabe started thinking of a plan to give the indoor soccer community something it had never experienced- playing and watching in comfort in a brand new building.
The IISA started construction of its new building off the south frontage road of Paseo del Norte in between Edith and Jefferson in July 2011 and opened its doors January 24, 2012. The community finally had a much deserved and beautiful building. Partners from Sam Sterling Architecture and Daily Design teamed with Insight Construction to build the building from scratch. The most amazing part of the project was how many IISA customers were unintentionally and intentionally involved in almost every aspect of construction and design. It was truly a community project! Albuquerque based Main Bank, along with the Small Business Administration, helped finance the project with a SBA 504 loan.
The International Indoor Soccer Arena is truly the leader of Albuquerque indoor soccer and has set a new standard. It now hosts six adult leagues, a youth league, high school league, four Lil Kickers seasons, and tremendous camps, fitness and skills programs. It is a local soccer business owned and run by soccer people who love and want to promote the game. Gabe and the staff strive to improve every aspect of the arena and its leagues and programs and give you all the best they can. The IISA will keep adding more programs for its great customers so stay tuned and thanks for all the support over the years!