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 Masschusetts.
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:
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.
NSL exists to provide competitive play for any club located in the greater New England region, in an environment of sportsmanship and integrity at levels ranging from the developmental to the most elite.
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL NSL PARTICIPANTS:
We would like the reputation and integrity of the NSL to be free of the effects of irresponsible conduct of clubs and coaches. The pressure that some clubs and coaches feel to win, even at the expense of fair and ethical behavior, produces actions that set a terrible example for the players and turn NSL into a cutthroat environment. When such conduct goes unchecked, pressure mounts on other clubs and coaches to respond in kind in order to compete.
USSF/USYSA rules articulate a "player's bill of rights", which should by now be generally well understood. The player has the right to change teams if he or she wishes, and the right, once selected, not to be dropped by a team for other than very extreme circumstances. There is no corresponding coach's bill of rights. We draw your attention in particular to Club Standards.
In addition, the NSL Commission feels that there are more subtle ethical standards that must be observed by its members. Under the Club Standards section of the website contains NSL's brief code of conduct for coaches. And, in the same spirit, is MYSA's Coaches Code of Conduct, to which NSL also subscribes. All member clubs and their coaches should know these codes and follow them.
We urge all NSL participants to report violations to us. Please do so in writing, and be specific. The Ethics Committee will consider all such reports and punish breaches of the code. We expect your full support in this effort to bring balance to our activities.
THE NSL COMMISSION
Sandy Tsakirgis, Chairman