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

We’ve just wrapped up our third week of the fall season and I would like to congratulate all of our member clubs, and teams, for a great start to the season.  We’ve witnessed lots of competitive play throughout the league and it’s great to see so many of our players enjoying their playing time.  I would also like to thank all of our member clubs for your patience and understanding during our transition period to US Club Soccer.

Congratulations to Nick Dunbar, the NSL Technical Director, on being invited to participate in the US Club soccer grassroots instructor course.  It’s a great reflection on our progress as a league that we were invited to attend such an event and it will undoubtedly benefit all of our member clubs/teams in the future.
Over the last 12 months, we have accomplished a lot since our inception as Northeast Soccer League. Before the start of the new season, I’d like to take some time to reflect and celebrate our successes.  We are excited about the positive opportunities that lie ahead and with the new direction, the league is headed.  A big part of our success has been down to the leadership and guidance of Steve Robinson, NSL President, Nick Dunbar, Technical Director, Hayley Wirth, Marketing Manager, and Kathy Irwin, League Administrator.  The entire team have guided us through a turbulent transition period and helped set the league up with a tremendous opportunity for future growth.
Finally, I’d like to announce that we’ll be launching our newly designed website in mid-October. We’re currently putting the final touches to the site and an announcement will be made once it’s launched.
John Barata
Executive Director
Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed | 617.645.6076


AnchorTechnical Director News

With 3 weeks gone in the fall season, I am beginning to wonder when we might actually see fall weather.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been sat on sidelines watching games and wondering if we should be having enforced water breaks!  Many thanks to all the coaches, players, parents, administrators and referees who are working so hard to provide a great environment for the games.

This past weekend I was in the Western part of the state to watch an excellent match between Euro United FC and NOVA Boys 13U teams.  We posted the following email on our FaceBook page but it really deserves another mention in our newsletter.    The email came from Kevin Smith the DOC of NOVA and also the coach of the away team who went down 3-2 in a well-played game.


Euro United exhibited great sportsmanship during the 13u boy’s game. Temperatures were in the 90s. EUFC coaches and parents brought my boys a pop-up tent and a case of water bottles to help us through the game. We only had 2 subs and the water and shade were very appreciated in the conditions.

I want to thank and commend EUFC and the parents who exhibited what youth sports should be about.




A great example of what the league stands for and many thanks to both clubs for their support this season.

In other news, I was recently invited by US Club Soccer to participate in their Grass Roots Instructor course.  This is only the second education weekend of its kind and with only 16 educators invited from around the country, it was a massive boost for the profile of our league and recognition of our commitment to compete, develop and succeed.  For more information on the course and what this means to our league please click here.

Finally, our first 2 weeks of league play saw no red cards handed out to players, coaches or parents.  The league is working hard to ensure we continue to support a Players First Philosophy with US Club Soccer and enforce standards, conduct, and ethics.  However, I want to ensure that coaches remain vigilant of parent behavior on the sidelines and understand that you are responsible to ensure they also understand expected behaviors.  Referees will always make mistakes just as much as your players and coaches do but they deserve our respect, support, and assistance for the role they play in ensuring games go ahead.  Not every challenge is a foul, and not every foul is a yellow card and as for handball and offsides, even the professionals differ in their interpretation.  Without the referees, we have no games but we take any feedback we receive seriously and will continue to work with US Officials to ensure we create the best possible environment for all our constituent groups.

All the best for the remainder of the season.

Nick Dunbar
Technical Director Maple Soccer


AnchorMarketing News

Games are being played, weather has cooperated and no red cards were issued after our first weekend this season. Thank you to all of our clubs for making another season a success. Good luck with the rest of season, we can’t wait to see what you accomplish.

Photos from around the league
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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 about 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 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.