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

The NSL fall season is in full swing and we have been encouraged by the level of play and the passion from all our member teams.  It’s been great to see the enthusiasm of the players, coaches, and parents as we near the halfway point of the season.  Keep up the great work!

As preparations continue for the spring 2018 season, I would like to ask all of our member clubs to visit the following link and enter your club/team name in the spreadsheet to register your interest in returning for the NSL spring season. The information will greatly help us with our planning efforts for next year.  Registration for the spring 2018 season will open in mid-November.

We are currently developing a new league structure for 2018 which will feature both elite and premier divisions.  More information on the format and benefits will come after the NSL AGM to be held on 1/22/18.

The newly designed NSL website will be launched on November, 1 and we’re excited to provide all our members an improved platform to showcase news & success stories from around the league. An announcement will be made on our social media accounts once the site is launched.

Finally, I’d like to encourage all of our members to continue to provide feedback on how we can better serve you and thoughts on how we can improve & develop the NSL.
John Barata
Executive Director
Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed
ExecutiveDirector@NSLsoccer.org | 617.645.6076


AnchorTechnical Director News

Thanks for everyone’s efforts over the course of the fall season and it’s been great to meet so many coaches and teams over the course of the season on the sidelines as I visit games.  There have been some great performances and thank you for the encouraging words and constructive input on what we need to do to push the league forward.In the last newsletter, I referenced our commitment as a league towards improved ethics and code of conduct from everyone involved in the league.  I want to reinforce that our Coaches Code of Conduct stresses the following;

During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting and enforce it during a game if necessary. If an assistant, manager, or parent becomes abusive in any way, and you cannot quiet them, ask them to leave before the official does. They are your responsibility from the time you come on to the field until you leave the field of play. www.nslsoccer.org/default/assets/File/Coaches%20Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf
The weekend of October 22nd we had 6 incidents reported to us regarding poor behavior by coaches and/or parents.  As the Technical Director, I actually get to sit on the same side as the parents and it’s very important that everyone involved with our league makes an effort to point out what we should all consider the correct and EXPECTED behavior on the sidelines.  Just as we ask NSL coaches to provide feedback on referees we also receive reports from officials about our games.  Below are just two examples from this weekend of separate games by different referees.  The name of the clubs has been removed.


Parental behavior by both teams and behavior by the CLUB’S coaching staff was poor. The game had to be stopped to tell the CLUB’S coach to stop shouting outbursts onto the field at the referee and far side AR2. The coach was not dismissed but still showed poor behavior.  In the second half, the game needed to be stopped so the referee could warn the spectator side that they were not permitted to shout and yell at the referee or the assistant referee. After an offside call by the AR2, a parent was dismissed for shouting at the Assistant Referee and yelling at the referee, “You suck!”  The game was stopped, the parent was directed to leave the field, and they complied. The game continued and finished without any further dismissals/removals.

In the 74th minute, I dismissed a spectator from the CLUB for using abusive language. AR2 reported repeated insults directed at her throughout the half. The parents kept cursing at the AR, and when the parent said “you’re a worthless piece of shit” the AR turned around. The parent then repeated it saying, “yeah you heard me” and said it again. The AR called me over, one parent walked away, and I ordered the other to leave. Play restarted with a throw-in.

I am sure that anyone who reads these comments will agree that they are wholly unacceptable and have no place in our game.  For coaches who face the challenge of dealing with parents of this kind or even clubs that have coaching challenges, I would suggest you ask those involved to imagine that the official is their own child.  How would they then feel if their own child was spoken to in the same way?Let’s all make a commitment to be the league where the behavior referenced above is never accepted, expected or condoned!

All the best for the rest of the fall season.

Nick Dunbar
Technical Director Maple Soccer


AnchorMarketing News

Enter in our social media contest for a chance to win an NSL scarf! Send in your pictures and/or videos from the weekend to get highlighted on the league’s social media pages! Winner will be announced on Wednesday on our social media outlets. Please submit your entries via email (marketing@nslsoccer.org) or through social media using the hashtags: #NSLCompetes, #NSLDevelops, #NSLSucceeds.


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!

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.