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 want to take this opportunity to wish all our NSL clubs and teams a very happy and healthy new year. I hope your holiday was relaxing and filled with memories to cherish with family and friends.

Welcome back to our member clubs who have registered for our 2018 spring season. It’s encouraging to see the league maintain it’s current membership base as well as attract new clubs to create a stronger and more competitive league.

As we prep for the upcoming spring season, I’d like to remind all of our members to familiarize themselves with our by-laws and in particular the league’s policy on recruitment. 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.

During the spring season, the league will be highlighting two development programs to all our member clubs. The first program is the US Club Soccer Player First program that is designed to add value to clubs, coaches, parents, and players by focusing on five pillars: club development, coach development, player development, parent engagement & education, and player health & safety.

The second program is the US Club Soccer Player Development Program. The PDP program is a regionally based identification and developmental program that provides an opportunity for players to play with and against some of the area’s top players in the age group. More information on both programs will be sent to all our members in the coming months.

For those teams interested in registering for the Massachusetts State Cup, please sign up at the following link: www.mayouthsoccer.org/events/massachusetts_state_cup/.

It was great to see a few familiar faces at the recent United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia. The NSL leadership team were in attendance and had a series of positive meetings with our current league partners (US Club Soccer & USYS) as well as building new relationships with organizations that will benefit our members. I hope everyone enjoyed their time at the convention and were able to learn from and engage with other soccer coaches and vendors.

Finally, the NSL AGM was held on 1/22 in Natick, MA. It was great to see such a positive turnout from our member clubs and special thanks to our technology partner, SportsEngine, for attending the meeting and providing an update on their products & services to our members.

John Barata

Executive Director

Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed

ExecutiveDirector@NSLsoccer.org | 617.645.6076

Technical Director News

It’s time to start thinking about spring soccer again as our signups for the season get underway.  With March almost being exclusively a month of kick off tournaments the next few weeks become your chance to look at some of the coach development opportunities that are out there.  So far this spring we have had the United Soccer Coaches convention in Philadelphia that saw over 15,000 attend to learn about all things soccer and discuss some of the new developments in the game.  The US Soccer presidential campaign was a hot topic amongst many of the attendees with all the nominees having their moment to present their plan for a new tomorrow.

Just last week we had the MA Youth Soccer workshop in Newton which gave coaches the chance to see practical sessions and classroom workshops along with US Soccer grass roots courses and United Soccer Coaches diplomas.  There were some fantastic speakers including Nancy Feldman the BU Womens Coach who discussed how soccer can become a development opportunity for all.  Nancy discussed the path of a female college player and the challenges that face them and the role the team has in providing structure and support.  She talked about a growth mindset amongst her players which included Persistence, Patience, Grit, and Joy.  She told the story of a young player that joined her as an outstanding local player but yet in her freshman year never started a game.  A major challenge for a player who has been a number one at every previous level they have played at.  After a freshman year with a 2.5 GPA (not quite the expected 2.8 or the 3.3 average for a BU Womens Soccer player!) she graduated with a 3.5 and a lifetime of lessons in how soccer can drive your success.  Nancy also spoke about the importance of goal setting, developing coping skills, core values, leadership, teamwork (NAY – not about you!), Health and well-being, the role of the coach and the role of the parent.  An outstanding lecture by a superb coach who ended the session by reminding that our role as coaches is to ‘prepare our players for the game of life’.

The day ended with another D1 women’s coach delivering an excellent session on ‘What Drives Winning’.  Becky Burleigh the head coach of the University of Florida Women’s program discussed here program and how she established a road map towards success with the players and the coaching staff. The 3 components she concentrated on were Results, Process and Character with the latter being divided into Performance Skills and Moral Skills.  Becky went on to discuss how as coaches we can work on developing character within our team and players by discussing the goals of the team, identifying what could get in the way and how to remove them, picking character skills and then pair these with the struggles we might face and then finally scheduling awareness meetings throughout the season.  There then followed some fantastic examples of team building exercises to develop the team structure including a rock-paper-scissors tournament and even asking 2 players to swim a length of the pool together under water using only one snorkel!  Finally Coach Burleigh told the group how her screen saver is the statement ‘Get Curious not Furious’ which is a mantra she lives by as a coach.  Great stuff!

There are even more opportunities for our coaches to develop themselves in the next few months which I would sugg4est you take advantage of.  The Soccer Champions Coaches’ Clinic at Mohegan Sun is on March 1-3, 2018 and our coaches can SAVE $25 with code: NSL18 by registering at the following link  soccerchampionsclinic.com/site/.  This is one of the best coach education events in the US and is right on our doorstep and I would tell all our clubs to get as many of their staff there as possible.  Another great event in our area is the United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Diploma that will take place at the Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, MA from March 16-17, 2018.  This is an excellent course for DOC’s and covers off field as well as on field issues.  If your club does not have someone on staff who has this diploma then I would strongly suggest sending someone to the course using the following link unitedsoccercoaches.org/Store/events/registration.aspx?event=DOC18MA



Nick Dunbar

Technical Director Maple Soccer


Marketing News

Happy 2018! Spring season is coming up fast and we know everyone is training for it. Keep up the hard work, finish up registration and we can’t wait to see the competition this spring!

Recent photos from the NSL AGM meeting

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 10 days. 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.