July 2019

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
Executive Director News

USYS League ChampionshipI hope everyone is enjoying their summer break so far and that you’ve had the opportunity to relax and spend quality time with your family and friends.  As the summer starts to wind down we are now turning our attention to the upcoming fall season which starts on September 8th.  I’d like to say thanks to all our member clubs who have signed up their teams for the new fall season. All the player passcards and roster information will be sent out on July 31.

A reminder to all our registered clubs that all of the game schedules are final and that all games are to be played as scheduled.  Please take time to review the schedule once it has been published.  Changes can only be made due to accepted reasons and the change must be received by Tuesday at 5 pm before the scheduled game date.  A link to the reschedule form will be posted to the NSL website prior to the start of the season.

All weather-related game cancellations and postponements will be rescheduled within two weeks or the NSL will assign a date, time, and location.

I’d also like to remind everyone about the upcoming NSL Futsal league to be played during the 2019/20 off-season.  The NSL futsal league will be open to boys and girls ages 10-16 and we will be offering leagues in Taunton, MA and Norfolk, MA with two sessions (early and late winter).

I’m also thrilled to share the news about our partnership with US Youth Soccer through their newly formed US Youth Soccer League Championship. We are excited to be the only league in New England to provide a pathway direct to the Regional Championships through the League Championship program. We believe this is an incredible opportunity for the clubs in New England to have additional access to compete within the National Championship Series.

Finally, I’d like to remind all our members of the upcoming NSL meeting to be held on August 29 at the Marriot Hotel in Burlington, MA.  Leaders from US Youth Soccer League Championship and the NSL will be in attendance and we strongly encourage all our members to attend. More details regarding the meeting will be shared in the coming weeks.

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

Technical Director News

Some fantastic news to share with the league as we announce our inclusion in newly formed US Youth Soccer League Championships.  Along with Club Champions League (CCL), Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and National Capital Soccer League (NCSL), we have been chosen to pilot the program in the fall for a full roll-out of the program across the Northeast and beyond in 2020.  This will provide out clubs and teams in the region with a direct pathway into the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships and beyond.

US Youth Soccer Announces Inaugural League Members For Direct Pathway To Regional Championships

This new initiative has been launched by the newly rebranded US Youth Soccer to work with leagues who exhibit: like-minded league leadership, competitive excellence, on-going collaboration between US Youth Soccer and the member leagues, and low costs.  As this program grows we will be able to provide clubs across the region with not only a pathway to regional and national play but high-level play built on club standards and a common approach to player and club development.

As the largest youth sports organization in the country US Youth Soccer will be able to provide us with programs and support through their network of partners and state associations to ensure we can help every level of club in their development.  US Youth Soccer is committed to providing a path for every player by offering programs to provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.  For more information, please click on the following link www.USYouthSoccer.org.

As we prepare for the upcoming fall season it’s been a fantastic summer of soccer with the US Women’s National Team once again proving themselves to be the best in the world.  The tournament was watched all over the world and the success of the event can be highlighted by the number of viewers and spectators at the events and across the world.  In fact the US viewership of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final was 22% higher than the 2018 men’s final!    Fox Sports’ statement reports that total viewership, including online streaming, peaked at roughly 20 million, making it the most-watched soccer match on English-language television, men’s or women’s, in the U.S. since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, which delivered 25.4 million viewers! (www.cnbc.com/2019/07/10/us-viewership-of-the-womens-world-cup-final-was-higher-than-the-mens.html)

FIFA always produce some fascinating technical reports into their tournaments so for those coaches who would like to not only review the report from this World Cup but also for previous years make sure you click on the following link and review some of the PDF’s that are available.


Look forward to seeing everyone on the field this fall!

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.