March 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
  • Policies, Procedures, & Operations
Executive Director News

The kick off to the 2018 NSL spring season is fast approaching (Sunday, April 8) and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members an enjoyable and successful season. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the NSL clubs and teams compete, develop, and ultimately succeed during the new season.

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, please provide clear and concise information to your parents regarding your expectations for this Spring as it relates to game schedules, travel times and possible rainout 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.

The NSL is thrilled to be hosting our very first US Club Soccer Player Development Program (PDP) for ’04 and ’05 girls and boy players. The event will help to further develop and identify our elite players and provide a pathway to national recognition through the id2 Olympic Development Program. Nick Dunbar, the NSL Technical Director, will provide more details on the PDP program in his newsletter section.

We’ll also be hosting the very first NSL 12U Champions Cup Tournament during the first week of June in Taunton, MA. More details on the tournament will be sent to all our members in the upcoming weeks. Plans are also in the works to co-host a US Club Soccer La Liga course in the summer with other neighboring US Club leagues. We will share more details as soon as the course planning has been finalized.

We’re all excited and confident about the new Spring season and the NSL will continue to explore pathways to benefit our member clubs, teams, players, referees, and families.

Good luck to all our members for the new season!

John Barata
Executive Director
Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed | 617.645.6076

Technical Director News

In spring 2018 the Northeast Soccer League will be hosting our first Player Development Program (PDP) for 04 and 05 girls and boy players. We are thrilled to be able to offer this program after having our application to host the event accepted by US Club Soccer. Application to host PDP Program is generally only approved for leagues with National Premier League (NPL) so this is a massive vote of confidence from US Club Soccer in not only our league structure but the players and member clubs within it.

Players may be selected from the PDP program to enter US Clubs id2 program with potential for U.S. National Team inclusion. The id2 program for 2018/19 cycle will be for 05 boys and 04 so we have decided to focus on this age range for our initial PDP event.

Important Logistics:

  • Location: Marlboro Forekicks, 219 Forest St, Marlborough, MA 01752
  • Dates: Saturday April 14th and Saturday May 12th
  • Times: 04 and 05 boys 10:30am to 12:30pm | 04 and 05 girls 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Format of Coaching Days:
US Club Soccer will be providing the league with a formal template to follow including curriculum and expectations. Elite staff from the league will be in attendance to deliver coaching sessions and instruction to the players as well as select top players to move to the next stage of the PDP program which will probably include inter league PDP play or a tournament event.

Further details will be sent to players regarding dress code and other logistics closer to the date.

What to do now?
The NSL will be posting this to all our media outlets to make the member clubs aware of this superb opportunity for our players. However, this program is for elite players that can represent the league at further inter league PDP events, tournaments and even potential to enter the US Club Soccer id2 program. We would ask that Directors of Coaching and/or Club Coaches enter the names of players you feel would benefit from exposure to the PDP program using the following link: Refer a Player

Some important facts about the PDP program;

  • This event is totally free for all players
  • PDP’s are regionally based identification and developmental programs conducted within the US Club Soccer id2 Program
  • PDP invitations are based upon objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching
  • Each PDP includes at least one training session and one internal competition which could be a summer 2018 tournament
  • Both the id2 Program and PDP have been granted Olympic Development Program status by the U.S. Soccer Federation and the US Olympic Committee.
  • Further information can be found at the following link
Nick Dunbar
Technical Director NSL Soccer

Marketing News

Spring season starts next Sunday! We’re very excited and hope the snow has ended. Don’t forget to get your cameras out for a chance to win an NSL scarf! We love when our members share their photos and the stories behind them. We’ll be out on fields each weekend, but we can’t be everywhere, so we greatly appreciate your help. Good luck to all of our teams this spring season!! Keep competing, developing, and succeeding.

Policies, Procedures, & Operations


Important League Procedures

Here are a few of the most important procedures that you need to be familiar with. Click on the links below for more information.