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

As we fast approach the holidays and the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the many things we are thankful for in our lives.

I’d like to say thanks to all our member clubs and players for a great fall season. Special recognition goes out to all of the teams that reached the NSL Elite Fall Championship finals. Congratulations to the following teams on winning their respective age group finals:

13U Elite Girls – Total Soccer
13U Elite Boys – Green Lions
14U Elite Girls – F.C. Blazers Soccer Club
14U Elite Boys – New England Rush

As a gentle reminder to all our clubs, spring registration is currently open and I’d like to encourage all our teams to register early for the new 2018 season. Click here to register.

As part of our 2018 plans, the NSL will be hosting a PDP Program in the spring that will provide NSL players an opportunity to play with and against some of the area’s top players in their age group. The program will offer national team-level players the opportunity to be scouted by US Club Soccer’s id2 Program staff on-site for inclusion in their id2 Training Camps (

The NSL strives to provide opportunities for all our member clubs as we try to grow the NSL. Our aim is to help all our member clubs strengthen and grow internally to provide your players and teams with a solid infrastructure to help develop your club both on and off the field. We have worked hard over the past year hard to retain our current member clubs and our continued goal is to keep growing the number of players and teams that play in the NSL.

I encourage all of our members to provide feedback on how we can better serve you and thoughts on how we can improve & develop the NSL in the future.

Wishing you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

John Barata

Executive Director

Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed | 617.645.6076


AnchorTechnical Director News

Now our fall season has come to an end I know that a lot of coaches are looking for opportunities to continue their education and review what the best options for personal development are.

Once again we will be offering our coaches the chance to attend the Champions Coaches Clinic on March 1st to 3rd at the Mohegan Sun in CT at a discounted rate.  This event is a fantastic opportunity for coaches to continue their education by learning from some of the best soccer presenters in the world.  In addition to watching top-class coaches right on our doorstep coaches who attend can also get a US Soccer license and there are even discounted rates to join the United Soccer Coaches.   I would actively encourage all our clubs to promote this event to your coaches especially considering we have managed to secure the reduced fee of $170 per coach (the fee does not include any optional licenses, diplomas or registration add-ons). Our promo code is: “NSL18” and after entering the promo code click “APPLY” and the adjusted pricing will appear. Please keep in mind that you must be registered AND paid in full by February 19th, 2018 in order for the group rate to apply.

Another opportunity for our clubs is with an event we will be hosting with our Partner Positive Coaching Alliance who will be facilitating a session on “Double-Goal Coach – Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons”.  This event is scheduled for Monday, December 11th from 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Hampton Inn, 319 Speen Street, Natick MA 01760.  A further email will be coming out to all clubs regarding this event with a sign-up sheet as numbers are limited and we are opening this to all coaches.

Finally, for the last few newsletters, I have been referencing the need for continued standards and reinforcing our code of conduct for both coaches and especially on the sidelines.  This is something the league will continue to enforce and also communicate with club DOC’s if we feel there are issues that need to be addressed.   Unfortunately, there have been some major issues this year with officials being threatened verbally and even physically by both coaches and parents.  WE WILL NOT tolerate this type of behavior and we fully expect our member clubs to support us in removing this from our league and our sidelines.  I have posted the following information which has been gathered from referee reports on games across the fall season.  Parent and Coach Issues refer to when an official felt compelled to report on behavior issues and are in addition to those instances when a card was produced.  An interesting note is that of the 41 games involving parents and coach issues only 6 were girl’s games and 35 were boys.  Please ensure you continue to relay the message of expected behavior to both your coaches and parents.

Total Reds = 23*

  • Players = 11
    • Denying a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity by handling – 1
    • Receiving a second caution in the same match – 1
    • Serious foul play – 3
    • Violent conduct – 6
  • Coaches =  Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gesture – 7* (ONE CARD RESCINDED)
  • Parents =  Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gesture – 5

Total Yellows = 163

  • Players = 161
    • Delaying the restart of play – 9
    • Dissent by word or action – 25
    • Failure to respect the required distance – 7
    • Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game – 19
    • Unsporting Behavior – 101
    • Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gesture = 2
  • Coaches =  Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gesture = 2

Nick Dunbar

Technical Director Maple Soccer


AnchorMarketing News

Congratulations to our Elite divisions tournament winners: Boys 13U – Green Lions Soccer Academy; Boys 14U – New England Rush; Girls 13U – Total Soccer; Girls 14U – FC Blazers! Thank you for a great fall season, we can’t wait for spring season!

Picture is of Mutiny FC Boys 12U Elite division winners.

Picture is of Mutiny FC Boys 12U Elite division winners.


AnchorPolicies, Procedures, & Operations

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