March 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
  • League Administrator News
Executive Director News

The countdown to the 2019 NSL spring season (Sunday, April 7) has officially begun and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members every success in the upcoming season. The start of a new season always brings hope, excitement, and opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the NSL clubs and teams compete, develop, and ultimately succeed.

As a reminder, please provide clear and concise information to your parents regarding your expectations for the spring season as it relates to game schedules, travel times and possible rain-out situations. We will be updating the NSL website throughout the season but will also require that all our member clubs keep all of their communications channels updated and current on possible game delays or cancellations. We also encourage you to share the NSL monthly newsletter with all your members to keep them updated on new developments within the league.

We are very excited to be offering more player, coach, and club development initiatives throughout the upcoming months. We will be hosting the NSL Spring PDP program as well as providing in-house coach education workshops and club development programs. More details will be shared on all our programs in the coming months.

Also, we will have a number of end of season events that will provide all of our clubs the opportunity to compete against clubs from other leagues. We’re looking forward to hosting the NSL U9/U10 Jamboree, U12 tournament, and an end-of-season cross over event with the NNESL and ROOTS for our Premier and Club division.

The overall health of the NSL is strong and the planning and preparation for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 season are already underway. We are pleased to be able provide playing opportunities for our U15 players in the fall 2019 season. The NSL will continue to explore pathways to benefit our member clubs, teams, players, referees, and families.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to formally congratulate Nova Premier SC coach Kevin Smith on being named the Massachusetts Youth Soccer 2018 Competitive Coach of the Year and the United States Youth Soccer Region 1 Coach of the Year! Great job and a well deserved accolade!

Finally, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Bobby Bernardo (St. Michael’s) and Stu MacRury (Old School) on becoming NSL board members.

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

Technical Director News

I would like to congratulate all the DOC’s of NSL clubs who attended the DOC Diploma course with United Soccer Coaches. Myself and John Barata had the chance to sit in on a few sessions and the first meeting for the DOC mentor program is scheduled for Wednesday April 3rd from 7.00 to 9.00pm at Forekicks MARLBORO. The group will participate an interactive classroom session and the topic will be;

DEVELOPING A CURRICULUM “Creating a Long term Development Plan”

Concept of the session is to review the development of a curriculum based around a long term development plan and the need for both measurement and evaluation to track progress. As part of the workshop you will go over the following;

  • Need to develop a positive psychological climate for players, coaches and parents.
  • Understand the key skills and components based on the child and soccer players’ level of development.
  • Using the curriculum as a framework for assessment and development of players
  • Designing age and developmental appropriate practices
  • Review of long term development plans used by other elite organizations involved in youth soccer

In addition to the DOC mentor program the league will be offering other development events. In May and June we will be hosting the last of our PDP events for elite players identified by our PDP Director and we have some other end of season events.

On June 15th and 16th we hope to host our second Champions Cup event with the NNESL and also the addition of ROOTS league and an additional program to create an end of season knock out event for the winners of our second division programs. This will be an event for girls and boys teams from 13U through to 16U and we want to continue on the success of the Fall event which saw the NSL sweep the board.

In addition we will be looking to host an end of season tournament for 12U teams of both genders. Last year we had 8 boys teams and 6 girls team represented and the plan this year is to have 2 groups of 8 and open this to the entire league as well as our partner leagues such as ROOTS and the NNESL.

More details will follow on all of the upcoming events listed above via website, e-mail and across all our social media so please make sure you are connected with the league on all these platforms.

All the best for the spring season and see you on the field.

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.

Recent photos from around the league

United Soccer Coaches DOC Course- March 2-3, 2019
NSL DOC’s in attendance at the United Soccer Coaches DOC diploma. There were over 15 of our DOC’s taking the course and ensuring #NSLdevelops

United Soccer Coaches DOC Course


United Soccer Coaches DOC Course


League Administrator News

Score Reporting

Scores should be reported directly to GotSoccer by 9:00pm Sunday evening using either of the links below. U9 & U10 scores should also be reported. They do not appear on the website but are used to help determine the divisions for the following season.


Event ID: 70267
4-Digit Pin: 4625 (Goal)

Scores cannot be changed once it is entered, so if you report the wrong score, or disagree with the score reported by your opponent, please contact the NSL office and I will fix it. The referees file reports and their score will be used.

GotSoccer Pages

GotSoccer pages must be kept up to date with the team name and coach and manager’s contact information. This is the information that will appear on the website and will be used to notify teams of game changes. If it is blank or incorrect no one will be notified.

When you make the change it will not automatically appear until the next refresh of the schedule is done.

You will need your user name and password to access your page. The link below will demonstrate what to do next