Northeast Soccer League Announces Fall 2018 PDP DatesNSL Player Development Program

Date: Saturday October 20th
Location: Marlboro Forekicks, 219 Forest St, Marlborough, MA 01752
Times: 07 and 06 GIRLS AND BOYS 12noon to 2.00pm
05 and 04 GIRLS AND BOYS 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Date: Saturday November 10th  (Note: LOCATION & TIME CHANGE)
Location: Taunton Forekicks, 223 Fremont St, Taunton, MA 02780
Times: 12noon, 1.30pm and 3.00pm
Age and gender groups for each time slot to be confirmed

This fall the Northeast Soccer League will be extending our US Club Soccer PDP Program for players across four age groups.  US Club Soccer has approved our application to host our own PDP and after the great feedback from our spring events we wanted to involve as many of our elite players as possible.  This fall promises to be even better and we will once again be using the ForeKicks facility at Marlboro, MA.  

The fall NSL Player Development Program will include following coaches:

John Curtis – PDP Director

John CurtisJohn graduated the prestigious Manchester United Academy, helping the club win the FA Youth Cup in 1995 and winning the young player of the year award in 1997.  Making his Manchester United debut in the 1997/98 campaign, John was purchased by Blackburn Rovers in 2000 for $2,000,000 and went on to play for Leicester City and Portsmouth in the English Premier League.  During his15 year professional career, John played in every tier of English professional soccer, representing clubs like Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Barnsley, Preston and Northampton Town.  In addition to his exploits a club level John captaining his county, England, at U15 to U20 levels and is the most capped England School Boy of all time.  John began coaching towards the end of his playing career, working at league clubs in England, Australia and Italy.  He holds the esteemed UEFA A License and is currently working towards his USSF A License equivalent.  John is also a US Soccer Coach Educator and delivers coaching licenses across the North East.

Alan O’Keeffe – PDP Staff Coach

Alan O’Keeffe is a UEFA B certified coach who has been coaching for over 10 years, both here in the US and in his native country of Ireland.  At university Alan studied coach education and completed his first two coaching license’s (Kick Start Level 1 & 2) through the Football association of Ireland (FAI).  In his first 3 years in the US he completed his United Soccer Coaches Regional, National and Advanced National Diplomas and in 2015 Alan returned to Europe and completed his UEFA B Coaching License.  In addition to coaching qualification from USC, FAI and UEFA, Alan also holds the USSF F and E Licenses.

Matt Lannon – PDP Staff Coach

Matt began coaching at aged 19 and has now been coaching for over 10 years. Matt worked with Semi Professional club Ashton Town in his native England, gaining his FA Level 1 and Level 2 whilst at the club. On moving to the US Matt obtained his National and his Advanced National diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches organization.  He has also completed his National Youth License and has started his USSF D license.

Liam Witham – PDP Staff Coach

Liam’s Playing Career started at the age of 6 and he played semiprofessional soccer in England before moving to the US to pursue a career in coaching.  Liam started coaching at the age of 16 and continued whilst still at college, gaining his degree In Sports Fitness and Coaching.  In addition, Liam also obtained his F.A level 1 and 2 badges and was awarded the prestigious UEFA B license in 2012. Liam has gained valuable experience coaching both boys and girls on both sides of the Atlantic.

About The US Club Soccer PDP Program
  • This event is totally free for all players.
  • PDP’s are regionally based identification and developmental programs conducted within the US Club Soccer id2
  • PDP invitations are based upon objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching.
  • Both the id2Program and PDP have been granted Olympic Development Program status by the U.S. Soccer Federation and the US Olympic Committee.
  • Further information can be found at the following link https://usclubsoccer.org/programs/player-identification/pdp/