February 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

The NSL 2018 spring season will begin on Sunday, April 8th and I would like to take this opportunity to remind all clubs to ensure that all their registrations and player pass cards are up to date. Don’t wait until the last minute, please! If there have been any changes to your club please update your information in your SportEngine portal. If there have been any changes to teams since the 2017 fall season, please contact LeagueAdministrator@NSLsoccer.org.

Pre-season preparation is essential in order to provide a successful and strong foundation for the upcoming season. Here are a few helpful suggestions on how to better prepare for the new season and to make sure that all your club members have a successful spring season!

Provide clear and concise information to your parents regarding your expectations for this Spring as it relates to the schedule, travel times and possible rain out situations.

In addition, start to inform them about the tryout process for next year. Communicate clearly and consistently on the expectations of your club for both the parents and players before, during, and after the conclusion of your tryouts.

Take advantage of all the coaching education that your club and State Association has to offer. It’s not too late to sign-up for a coaching course or clinic, register for an upcoming coaching webinar, or go watch a higher level of play at either a professional or local college game. Continued coach education is the key to offering your players the best possible learning environment to help with their player development.

For those clubs, particularly in the Elite Division, who are anticipating long travel times to other clubs such as Nordic Soccer Club in VT, try to organize a club day/weekend around those fixtures to maximize your time when traveling those extra long distances.

We’re also excited about the upcoming spring season development programs and the first NSL sponsored 12U+ soccer tournament to be hosted during the first week of June. More information about the US Club Soccer Player Development Program, Player First programs, and the new NSL tournament will be provided by the NSL Technical Director, Nick Dunbar, in the coming weeks.

We are continually working on providing new initiatives for our members with the aim of providing a league that fosters player development through high-quality competition. I encourage all our members to contact the league if you have any questions or comments.

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

Technical Director News

The month of March promises to be a very eventful one for many of our clubs and teams competing in Spring kick-off tournaments as well as some excellent coaching events. We hope to see many coaches at the Champions Coaches Clinic at the Mohegan Sun from March 1st to the 3rd soccerchampionsclinic.com/site/ which is always a terrific event.

I also wanted to thank the coaches of the teams and clubs who put forward players for the Strikers United tournament held over the Presidents Day Weekend. The NSL participated in the tournament by putting a team in from our 14U boys age group and the players were excellent throughout the whole tournament and really grew as a team and represented both the league and their clubs at the highest standard.

In speaking with the players throughout the weekend it was evident how much they enjoyed the chance to test themselves against players from around the region and even around the globe. They put up spirited displays against both Development Academy programs from the FC Boston and the New England Revolution, beat Abbey Villa, and only lost by the odd goal in the other 2 games against local opposition. Manchester United was a superb team but our players stayed strong throughout the game and made sure that the eventual winners of the event had to fight for every goal.

We hope to be adding even more development events for our players and coaches over the next few months with news and timelines to follow.

Nick Dunbar
Technical Director NSL Soccer

Marketing News


Here’s a list of tournaments to help you get prepared for the spring NSL season and beyond:

There’s still time to register for United Soccer Coaches’ Director of Coaching Diploma (March 16-18, 2018) nslsoccer.org/united-soccer-coaches-director-of-coaching-diploma/

Policies, Procedures, & Operations

Fields assignments for the 7v7 and 9v9 games are done at this point. If you need information on your home games for field permits please contact Kathy Irwin at leagueadministrator@nslsoccer.org.

Assignments for the 11v11 games will be available in the coming day and the final schedule will be posted in early March.

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.