June 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

Summer is finally here and we have just wrapped up another very successful spring season.  A big thank you to all of the teams who competed and contributed to another successful season in the Northeast Soccer League.

I’d like to congratulate all of the NSL teams who will be competing in the US Youth Soccer Region 1 finals this weekend.  You have all worked incredibly hard to reach the finals, good luck to all of our teams and players!  You can keep up to date with the progress of all our teams in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series at championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionI/.

The fall registration is now open and I’d like to remind clubs to register their teams as soon as possible with SportsEngine.  I’d to like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.  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 deadline to register teams is July 7th.

Finally, I’d like to welcome back all of the clubs that have already registered for the fall season.  The season will start on September 10th and will run for a total of nine weeks.  Thank you to all registered clubs/teams for contributing to the ongoing strength and success of the Northeast Soccer League.

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


AnchorTechnical Director News

With tryout season now complete and clubs registering for the fall season we are looking forward to our first season partnered with US Club Soccer and welcoming our member clubs back to league play.  We have received approval from US Club to host our own Player Development Program with more details to follow.  These programs are designed to provide talented individual players with a pathway to regional and national identification programs.  You can find out more information at the following link on the US Club Soccer website.  In addition to the PDP program I would encourage you to also check out many of the other resources available to your club as part of our relationship with US Club Soccer by looking at the following link usclubsoccer.org/resources/.

Our new registration program is also now in force and we feel will significantly reinforce our club standards as we now ask clubs to complete information on their coaching staff and provide links and/or document outlining their curriculum and player evaluation programs.  For this fall season we have had over 10 organizations look to join the league and they have been directed to our online application.  Of those that have gone through the process we have accepted only 2 new clubs at present whilst others have been asked to review and add to their application before they will be considered for an interview.  In order to protect our current membership we introduced the following elements to the application process

What are the key areas of NSL Club Standards?

  1. Club Structure and Administration
  2. Facilities
  3. Staff
  4. Development

In addition to satisfying the NSL clubs standards the following criteria will also be used in the decision making process.

  1. Impact on Existing Member Clubs
  2. Geography and location within the northeast region
  3. Overall Club Infrastructure
  4. The Player Development Model implemented by the club
  5. History of Player Development
  6. History of Adherence to USSF Affiliations Code of Ethics

As you can see we are ensuring that playing in the NSL is open to only those clubs and organizations that we feel will benefit the league and its members.  We are also considering how the structure of NSL will look for future season to ensure that all our member clubs are better served.

In addition to the above we are also reviewing our bylaws especially those relating to the recruitment of players, coaches and clubs in order to ensure our current members are better protected.  There will be more news to follow on this and other bylaw changes that impact our clubs and I would like to invite any DOC’s of clubs who have an interest in being involved in the Advisory Group to contact me directly at technicaldirector@nslsoccer.org as we strive to make the league the best it can be.

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!

US Youth Soccer National Championship Series

Good luck to our clubs and teams heading down to Virginia this weekend. We’re looking forward to seeing them compete in the Region I Championships.

Alliance FC – Boys 16U & Boys 17U
Boston Rams – Boys 18U
CSP United – Girls 15U
Euro United FC – Boys 12U
FC Blazers Soccer Club – Girls 13U
Fortis FC – Girls 16U
Galway Rovers – Boys 14U & Girls 12U
Hammer FC – Boys 15U, Boys 17U & Boys 19/20U
Lusitana Sports FC – Boys 17U
Mutiny FC – Boys 16U
Nova Premier Soccer Club – Girls 19/20U
Rams FC – Boys 18U
Rhode Island Rush – Boys 16U & Girls 14U
South Shore United Blazers – Boys 13U
Timberwolves – Boys 13U & Boys 18U

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.