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
AnchorExecutive Director News

With the summer winding down, I hope everyone had the opportunity to spend some quality time with their families and friends.  With the new season fast approaching, I am delighted and encouraged to see so many of our member clubs returning for the new NSL fall season.  I am really looking forward to seeing plenty of top quality play and programming.  Two such programs, the US Club Soccer’s Player Firstand Player Development Programs (PDP), will be made available to all our member clubs during the fall season.

Our fall season is fast approaching and I’d like to say thank you to all our member clubs for your patience and understanding as we transition to our new registration system with SportsEngine and with US Club Soccer.

Over the last 12 months, we have accomplished a lot since our inception as Northeast Soccer League. Before the start of the new season, I’d like to take some time to reflect and celebrate our successes.  We are excited about the positive opportunities that lie ahead and with the new direction, the league is headed.  A big part of our success has been down to the leadership and guidance of Steve Robinson, NSL President, Nick Dunbar, Technical Director, Hayley Wirth, Marketing Manager, and Kathy Irwin, League Administrator.  The entire team have guided us through a turbulent transition period and helped set the league up with a tremendous opportunity for future growth.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce that we will be launching a refresh of our current website in the early fall.  The updates will greatly improve the overall design of the site and it will provide a new platform to showcase news & success stories from around the league.

Best of luck to all our clubs competing in the fall NSL season!

John Barata
Executive Director
Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed | 617.645.6076


AnchorTechnical Director News

With only a few weeks to go until the start of the season, I want to wish everyone involved with our league and the many players, coaches, parents, administrators, and officials who work so hard to provide opportunities to compete, develop and succeed the very best for the fall.  We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that this season is our best yet.

We have added several new clubs, moved to a completely new registration system and now partner with US Club.  The latter has provided us with some very valuable member benefits through their Players First program and I will personally be heading to Chicago at the start of September to participate in the USSF Instructors course which will allow our league to hold our own USSF licensing up to the E level.

In addition to all of this, we have been meeting and listening to our membership and some of the concerns and challenges they face.  This has led us to rewrite the Coaches Code of Conduct and the bylaws as it relates to expected standards of behavior and also recruitment of players from other NSL teams.

For us to be the strongest possible league we know that it important to ensure minimum standards are met but also that we continue to evaluate those standards and improve on them.  It is imperative that we are a learning organization and not a knowing organization and the feedback and input must come from our membership.

With that in mind, we will only those new club applications with at least 3 teams will be considered for our league.  We have made changes that we hope will prevent coaches from leaving one club to join another and taking teams and players with them that the club has worked hard to attract and develop.   The new club pass system by US club will require birth certificates of players to ensure we do not have older age players playing at the developmental inappropriate level.

The above changes are only some of the new developments we have implemented for the fall but rest assured we are working diligently towards even greater progressions to ensure the future of our league.

Best of luck with your upcoming season and look forward to seeing you on the field!

Nick Dunbar
Technical Director Maple Soccer


AnchorMarketing 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. If you’re not on social media, then send in your pictures and videos to And keep a look out for our weekly in season social media photo and video contest!


Boston Breakers Event

The NSL is holding a Boston Breakers Event. We have reserved a section at the Boston Breakers’ “Give Cancer the Boot” game against Sky Blue FC.
  • Game Date: Saturday, September 30
  • Location: Jordan Field, Allston, MA
  • Price: $22 per person
  • The first 60 tickets purchased for players will gain entry to an NSL only Pregame Clinic!
  • Group Postgame Picture on the field with some players
  • Pink “Give Cancer the Boot” merchandise item
  • 20% of each ticket purchased will be donated towards ‘The Cancer Couch’ and Dana Farber foundation
Hurry fast and reserve your tickets now by contacting Edele at 617-945-1704 ext. 204 /
The NSL would love to see your staff, your teams, and your parents at this game supporting the Boston Breakers and Breast Cancer.


AnchorPolicies, Procedures, & Operations

With the new season less than a week away, here are a few of the most important procedures that you need to be familiar with. Click on the links below for more information.