JuLY 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
  • League Administrator News
Executive Director News

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and you and your family have had an opportunity to relax and spend some quality time together.

The NSL 2018 fall season is fast approaching and I’d like to say thank you to all our member clubs who have signed up their teams for the new season. Please check to see if your teams have been entered correctly and make any edits before the start of the season.

To help prepare your teams, players, and parents for the upcoming season, try and provide clear and concise information regarding your expectations for this fall season. Especially as it relates to game schedules, travel times and possible weather-related situations. We will be updating the NSL website throughout the season but will also need all our member clubs to keep all of the communications channels updated and current.

By now you should have also received TeamsCompete confirmations for your registered teams and fields. Please reply to the TeamsCompete email to confirm your teams and field times or to specify any changes. Replies to those email are received both by the TeamsCompete Scheduling Service and NSL’s League Administrator. If you have not yet registered your fields, please do so by Monday (7/30 @ 6pm). Field Registration Link: nsl.sportngin.com/register/form/691906471

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

Technical Director News

World Cup 2018With the season kick off seeming weeks away and the World Cup now a distant memory then it’s a good time to reconnect on why we are involved in the game and maybe consider some developmental lessons for the season ahead.

Full disclosure here that as an Englishman I loved this year’s Men’s World Cup and not just because my team made it all the way to the semifinals almost by accident but because there was so much great soccer to watch every day. It also set up the mouthwatering prospect of the Women’s World Cup in France of next year. I hope we don’t see too many ‘Neymar’s’ this fall season or at least see our players emulate what he can do with a ball and please let’s not have any coaches appealing to referees to check out the VAR. Some of the lessons we can take from the tournament however are.

  • There is some truly exceptional young talent out there with no better sign of that than the incredible Kylian Mbappe. Who knows what he will become and is he about to make us forget about Messi and Ronaldo.
  • But on the other hand Messi and Ronaldo continue to offer us glimpses of world class ability. Messi’s goal and Ronaldo’s free kick were superb.
  • The incredible Luka Modric and the struggle in his life story to reach the pinnacle of world soccer.
  • Last minute goals and come back kings, penalty shoot outs and wonder strikes seemed to happen every match to keep everyone glued to the screen.

The only criticism I had was who’s idea was it to create the late night show with a DJ when I’d much rather they just show the full highlights with no talking!

Coach Development
I hope that many of you have taken advantage of the chance to work with US Club Soccer this weekend and participate in the La Liga Methodology course. It’s a superb event and I encourage everyone to try and send at least one member of your club to the event. Remember it’s from July 27-29 at Taunton Forekicks and NSL will also reimburse any NSL coaches with teams registered for fall 2018 play with an additional $50 when they complete the course.

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.

2018 Seacoast United Labor Day Tournament

Register your team for the 2018 Seacoast United Labor Day Tournament, and receive 50% off the entry fee for the 2018 Town Travel Kickoff Jamboree!

Seacoast Labor Day Tournament

The Seacoast United Labor Day Tournament takes place the weekend of September 1st-2nd, 2018 in both Epping, NH and Amesbury, MA for boys & girls U9-U15 soccer teams. Teams will receive three games, plus the opportunity of playoff games (for those who qualify). Click here to learn more.

The Town Travel Kickoff Jamboree takes place August 25th (boys teams) and 26th (girls teams) at the Seacoast United Outdoor Complex in Epping, NH. Teams receive two 50-minute games on a single day. Click here to learn more.

Team must register for both events to receive discount. Discount will be applied to the Town Jamboree invoice after application is received and accepted. Applications must be received by August 12th, 2018.

League Administrator News

As registration has been completed our attention needs to focus on the next steps which are insurance, passcards & rosters created on the KYCK platform.  Complete instructions for the next steps are posted on the front of the website,  nslsoccer.org/important-information-from-us-club-soccer/

Background checks for coaches & staff can take several weeks so it is important to start that process immediately.  Passcards will not be issued for any adults until all these steps can be completed.

Also note that on August 1st the age group for all teams currently registered will advance one year.  If you are adding new players or new teams you might want to wait until after that date to avoid any confusion.

I’m looking forward to a great season and working with all of you.