Who We Are
Founded in 1993, today the Northeast Soccer League provides a competitive structure for more than 850 teams from 100 clubs throughout New England. Prior to that club soccer did not exist in Massachusetts.
These clubs range from large, “full service” clubs to those consisting of one or two teams, from the highly selective to the developmental. All games are held on Sundays, with 7v7 and 9v9 games in the morning and 11v11 games in the afternoon. Our fall season is nine weeks long, starting the Sunday after Labor Day, and is open to 9U-15U teams. The Spring season is seven weeks, ending with the State Cups in May, and provides play for 9U-18U age groups.
We offer a league structure based solely on merit which is stable, consistent, predictable and comprehensible for all teams. The structure allows all teams access and a chance to rise. NSL’s three divisions do this by providing opportunity to the aspiring, competition for the developing, and challenge to the highly competitive.
NSL would have it’s clubs:
- Seek players on the basis of ability as distinct from residence, economy or ethnicity
- Search out the gifted and untrained and develop them into players
- Regard players in term of a youth career, not just a season
- Recruit the finest coaches available to train their team
- Take as part of their responsibility the development of officials, well as teams
Such clubs will have given their players broad cultural, socio-economic and geographic experience of more enduring value than any trophy or prize. Youth with such opportunities and exposure will become more productive adults, and leaders of adults, as well as the next generation of youth.