July 2017

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

I hope you are enjoying your summer and that you and your family have had an opportunity to relax and spend some quality time together.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the NSL teams that reached the US Youth Soccer Region 1 finals.  The NSL is proud of your achievements and all your hard work to reach the finals.  Great job everyone!

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.

Please pay special attention to all communications from the league relating to the new registration process since there are now new responsibilities placed on member clubs to initiate player cards and completing rosters.

With any new process, there are often a few minor bumps along the way as we all learn how to use the new system. If you have any questions, please email Kathy Irwin at leagueadministrator@NSLsoccer.org.
The NSL continues to grow due to the retention rate from our existing clubs as well as our ability to attract new clubs to the league.  We will continue our efforts to serve all our member clubs and offer them the best opportunities to compete, develop, and succeed.

Finally, I’d like to encourage all our members to show our support to the US Men’s Soccer team vs. Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final tonight at 9:30 pm ET.  Go team USA!

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


AnchorTechnical Director News

It’s that time of the year when clubs experience the calm before the storm with teams picked and registered and getting ready for pre-season preparation.  If you are following the news around the world about the professional game or even heading to some of the pre-season tours its becoming mind boggling trying to understand the massive fees and expenses associated with top level play.   For coaches and administrators of clubs now is a great time to review your club plan and the goals for the upcoming season and beyond.

With the advent of the internet, there are some great sites out there that provide excellent resources along with our partners at NSCAA, US Club Soccer, and PCA Positive Coaching Alliance.

Some other great links are listed below.  Some offer free enrollment whilst others may ask for a fee but you can often get all you need simply by linking them on your own FaceBook page.

The Coaching Manual has some excellent resources and is very active on social media in getting links out to coaches and players.  Well worth a look and link to your own FaceBook page.


Another great site is Touchtight Football Coaching Sessions out of the UK which provides some top sessions for players of all ages and abilities and covers the various team sizes and formations. touchtight.com/sessions

The Player Development Project offers many different interactive tools to help all levels of coaches from videos to webinars and downloadable PDFs. https://playerdevelopmentproject.com/

A final one to review is keepitonthedeck.com/ which is another online coaching resource and web site for both players and coaches.  Well worth a look and some great content you can use to send as a link to your players and parents.

Finally, if you want to really develop your coaching sessions I challenge you to look at every lesson plan from the perspective of ATTACK! When you create your next coaching session ask yourself if it follows the ATTACK principle from start to finish.  Consider the following step by step process of Attitude, Training, Technical to Tactical, Awareness, Competition, and Knowledge.

  • Does my session create the right ATTITUDE and mindset?  Do my player’s exhibit the right Attitude?
  • Do I start my session with TRAINING and Conditioning element as preparation for the body using Soccer Specific Physical Conditioning
  • Does the session develop from a TECHNICAL TO TACTICAL progression?  Am I moving my players from Techniques to Skills and tactical decision making?
  • As I move into a small sided game format and phase of play are my players AWARE of their role and making correct decisions based on their positional sense and responsibilities?
  • When we get to a larger sided game in the session is it played at a high level of COMPETITION? Are my players putting the skills learned into a competitive, pressurized and game related environment
  • Finally we get to KNOWLEDGE, did I achieve the objectives of the practice, were these objectives clear to the players and are they now able to implement the skills learned.

Best of luck with your upcoming season!

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 marketing@nslsoccer.org. And keep a look out for our weekly in season social media photo and video contest!

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.