June 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
US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional ChampionshipsI hope everyone is enjoying their summer break and having some wonderful family time together.  I’d like to start off by wishing all of the New England teams, especially our very own NSL teams, that have advanced to the US Youth Soccer 2019 Regional Championships in Virginia to be played June 29 to July 03, 2018. To follow the progress of all the teams competing, click here to view the full game schedules.

A final reminder to all clubs to register for the upcoming fall season. You can register your teams by clicking on the NSL Fall Registration Link and you can read the registration instructions guide here. The fall season starts on Sunday, September 8th and will run for nine weeks ending on Sunday, November 10th.

I’d also like to reiterate the positive news relating to our newly formed strategic partnerships with US Youth Soccer and the League Champions Pilot program. The NSL is proud to offer a place for all clubs to play; from the smaller club with only a couple of teams to the elite club striving to make it to the Eastern Regional Championships! We are excited and proud to be the only US Youth Soccer league in New England that has a direct pathway to the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships via the League Champions pathway.
To find out more about the League Champions Pilot and USYS and how it will affect the NSL, click here.
Both partnerships will greatly benefit our NSL member clubs and will provide new and exciting player, coach, and club development initiatives. Our continued aim is to develop and strengthen the league by providing the best environment and opportunities for all members to compete, develop, and succeed.
And finally, I would like to take a moment to thank Kathy Irwin who has performed many roles for our league over the past 25 years.  Kathy and her husband Paul were major contributors to the founding of the Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE) in 1993 from the old NCCL. Kathy’s and Paul’s efforts were instrumental in fostering a Premier League culture in New England and there are now more than 1,500 club soccer teams in New England.
John Barata
Executive Director
Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed
ExecutiveDirector@NSLsoccer.org | 617.645.6076

Technical Director News

Over the weekend of June 8th and 9th 10 of the NSL’s top teams from 12U boys and Girls competed in the second NSL Champions Cup at Forekicks, Taunton.  The girls were placed into a group of 4 with the boys in 2 groups of 3.  Saturday saw the teams play 2 games with the boys having a cross over game on Sunday and the girls completing all group games.


Saturday June 8th

FC Blazers were setting the pace with 2 wins on the first day against two strong teams from Harvest and Legacy to end the day with 6 points.  Sevilla meanwhile had managed to get 2 wins from 2 games in the other group with 4-3 thrillers against both Mach 1 FC and Harvest.  East Bay lost by the odd goal to Legacy Boys then played a very strong Mach 1 boys team in their second game.  With everything to play for on the second day FC Blazers were looking a lock for the final against Sevilla FC based on tie-breakers but in the 3rd placed game it was going to be who might face Legacy between Harvest and Mach 1 FC.

In the girl’s group, Newton Girls were looking very strong scoring 12 goals across both games but Legacy and St Michael were both strong teams with everything to play for and Mach 1 had the chance to cause an upset.  St Michaels lost a close match to Legacy by the odd goal with the Legacy keeper stopping everything heading towards her goal!

Sunday June 9th

For the business end of the tournament, we had some top games to look forward to.  St Michael’s girls needed to beat Newton Girls for a chance to play them in the final and hope that Legacy lost.  A great game saw St Michaels go down to a very close 2-1 defeat meaning the final would be Legacy against Newton and the chance for revenge.  In the girls 3rd placed game Mach 1 matched up with St Michaels for an entertaining 4-2 win for the team from the south shore and a 3rd place finish for St Michaels.  In the final, after full time the game was tied at 1-1 with a penalty shoot-out.  The Legacy goalkeeper had already faced a penalty in regular time saving the first kick, then the rebound but not the 3rd follow up but could she prevail this time.  With Newton Girls missing 3 penalties and Legacy only 1 before making it 3-1 with 1 kick left Legacy were declared Champions!  Great final and a great game by all.

In the Boys group, Legacy pride played a great game against Sevilla and won out by 3-2 which meant they would play Mach 1FC in the 3rd placed final and Sevilla heading to the final to face the FC Blazers powerhouse team.  East Bay Blazers put in a great performance all weekend with a very young team and made a lot of friends with their sportsmanship and commitment to the games.  They finished at the bottom of the group but seemed to be everyone’s second favorite team and looking forward to the fall season with more experience.  Harvest unfortunately unable to play their 3rd game meant that Mach 1 FC went into the 3rd placed game to play against Legacy.  The boys Legacy program closed out a great weekend for the club with a 1-0 win in the final and a 3rd placed finish.  In the final, the 2 top teams of Sevilla and FC Blazers matched up for what on paper looked like a great game.  It was maybe one game too far for Sevilla FC who were unable to recover from an early sending off of one of their players and FC Blazers were able to take advantage of the extra player to produce some of their best soccer and win the final.

On June 15th the 13U and 14U Premier Division winners played in the Champions Cup at Progin Park in Lancaster with against the ROOTS League representatives.  This was our second Champions Cup and brought some top teams to the event that was held on a beautiful Saturday.

First up was Vipers vs Holy Cross Girls at the 14U level.  The Holy Cross team were strong from the start and ran out winners against a strong Vipers team but went onto play in the final later against Legacy.  Once again Holy Cross proving too strong for the team from the NLS and in the end ran out easy winners with some great goals and performances from their team.  In the boys, 13U Final NE Navigators maned a 1-0 win against Amherst Boys which seemed to be against the run of play as Navigators took their chance clinically.  Amherst tried to find a way through but just could not get there and in the end, the NSL took the cup making it 1-1 on the day.  With the 14U Boys final postponed until later in the year it was left to the 13U Girls Final between the Newton Academy program against Agawam Girls.  Unfortunately in the warm up the Agawam goalkeeper suffered a nasty sprain to her ankle but went on to play the final organizing her team and managing to produce an excellent display.  After 90 minutes it was left to settle the game with overtime as the sides went in at 1-1.  As the game looked like it was headed to penalty kicks Newton managed to score a goal from a set play and with hardly any time left for Agawam to reply Newton ran out winners at 2-1.

Great play by all.

Some more new developments for our league include;

NSL Futsal League with Forekicks
  •  Boys and Girls 10U through 16U
  • Session 1 Nov-Feb, Session 2 Feb-Mar 
PRO23 League

Player Retention Opportunity – More details to follow! Any club interested should email executivedirector@NSLSoccer.org with gender and # of teams.  Rosters can have players from 16 to 23 on the roster.


Nick Dunbar
Technical Director NSL Soccer

Marketing News

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NSL Champions Cup: June 8-9, 2019