APRIL 2018

This NSL monthly newsletter summarizes the month’s news and notes from various league constituents. In this edition:

  • Executive Director News
  • Technical Director News
  • Marketing News
  • Policies, Procedures, & Operations
Executive Director News

I’d like to start by congratulating the NSL Technical Director, Nick Dunbar, on helping to deliver the inaugural NSL US Club Soccer Player Development Program. Nick and his team of professional evaluators received high praise from all of the participating NSL clubs as well positive feedback from participant families after the event. Based on this feedback, we are anticipating a greater number of clubs to be involved in our next PDP event to be held on May 12.

Click here to read more about the event and how to get your club involved the upcoming PDP Program on May 12.

I’m also happy to report on a successful and competitive start to the spring NSL season. We’ve had very few weather delays and the feedback we have received from around the league has been very positive. With club tryouts fast approaching, we hope the spring season will help prepare and improve all our NSL players to compete, develop, and succeed.

Finally, I’d like to remind all of our members to register for the first annual 12U NSL Winners Cup to be held at Forekicks in Taunton, MA to be held during the weekend of June 2-3. All of the event details as well the registration link can be found here.

John Barata
Executive Director
Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed
ExecutiveDirector@NSLsoccer.org | 617.645.6076

Technical Director News

After finally seeing some good weather over the past weekend it actually feels like the spring season has begun. I have been out visiting several of our NSL Elite games and identifying players for our PDP program amongst the 14 and 14U age groups and have been impressed with a lot of the players and coaches. I also want to add that behavior on the sidelines and on the field seems to be reinforcing our values and code of ethics and want to thank all our clubs for impressing this amongst parents and coaches.

We posted a review of our PDP program from April 14th on the website and want to remind coaches and clubs about the next event scheduled for May 12th. Club DOC’s were then asked to nominate names from the 04 and 05 age groups across both genders who might benefit from participating in the Player Development Program. This program provides elite players with the opportunity to be selected to enter US Clubs id2 program with potential for U.S. National Team inclusion. The id2 program for 2018/19 cycle will be for 05 and 04 ages so we decided to focus on this age range for our initial PDP event. The following NSL clubs provided players for the event:

Girls Clubs Represented
East Bay United FC, JSSA, LPDA, Merrimack Valley SC, Nordic Soccer, Nova, Rhode Island Rush, St. Michael Youth, Total Soccer and Victoria F.C.

NSL’s Inaugural PDP Program

Boys Clubs Represented
JSSA, Mach 1 FC, LPDA, Merrimack Valley SC, Nordic Soccer, Nova, Rhode Island Rush, St. Michael Youth, Total Soccer and Victoria F.C.

NSL’s Inaugural PDP Program

We have invited all clubs to put names forward of players that could benefit from this program and will be hosting a second event on May 12th at the same time and location as our first weekend. Any players who were unable to make the first event can still participate on May 12th with your club’s recommendation. If you would like more information on the PDP Program and US Club’s National ID2 events please click on the following link usclubsoccer.org/programs/player-identification/pdp/

If you feel your son or daughter would be a candidate for this program then please email your club Director of Coaching so they can provide the league with the required information.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Important Information about League Play
I want to reinforce the need for clubs, coaches and officials to ensure they are familiar with the modified rules and field dimensions for the 7v7 program. These are clearly posted on our website at the following link nslsoccer.org/rules-of-play/ and we expect all fields to have the correct markings. We have spoken with US Officials to ensure they reinforce these rules with their referees and would advise you to please provide us with any feedback you have to ensure the league is aware of any issues.

In addition, all clubs should not have club passes for every player so they may be checked by officials and rosters. If you have an issue or challenges with the NSL registration process then please contact Kathy Irwin at leagueadministrator@nslsoccer.org.

Nick Dunbar
Technical Director NSL Soccer

Marketing News

Share with us how you Compete, Develop, and Succeed. Like and follow us, and we will like and follow back; use the hashtags: #NSLCompetes, #NSLDevelops, #NSLSucceeds. Add one or more of our hashtags so we can share, retweet, and repost your great accomplishments. By doing this, it will spread the word of your teams, your club, and your organization, as well as help, promote our league.

From Instagram: FC Padova’s Boys Team
FC Padova's boys team

Policies, Procedures, & Operations
Important League Procedures

Here are a few of the most important procedures that you need to be familiar with. Click on the links below for more information.