June 14, 2018

MARLBOROUGH, MA – The Northeast Soccer League (NSL) of Massachusetts is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Seacoast United that will not only strengthen the league by partnering with other leagues across the region, but also offer its clubs and players access to the highest standards of play. This new partnership will immediately provide NSL membership with the opportunity to remain independent and continue to receive the support of the Northeast Soccer League but also have access to the other top platforms such as the NEP, NPL, and the US Soccer Development Academy. Member clubs will also now receive the support and expertise of one of the most successful sports clubs in the Northeast in Seacoast United. Seacoast United has been a pioneer in the industry in developing programs and partnerships with towns, clubs, and leagues and in addition share the NSL's values of development and building relationships.

“I am absolutely thrilled to announce this partnership and what it will mean to our clubs. It allows us to concentrate on building our league through our many relationships and clubs to remain independent with the strength of a proven brand in the area who can provide access to all levels of play and leagues in the area including the NEP,” said John Barata, Executive Director of NSL. “Over the last 18 months, we have met with many regional and national organizations in an effort to find the right partner for our league to allow us to remain a place for clubs to compete, develop and succeed. This is a huge announcement for us and comes with the full support of the board and provides us with a platform to go on and grow our league and serve our loyal members.”

Ian Burgess, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Seacoast United stated, “Entering into a partnership with people who have a similar philosophy regarding player development and opportunity pathways, makes this very exciting. After numerous meetings and discussions with representatives from the NSL, it is evident they are progressive and truly looking out for the best interests of its member clubs. Seacoast United is proud to provide a pathway for every level of development, from both boys and girls US Development Academy to NPL and NEP. We will work with the league to offer opportunities for its members and provide support on and off the field.”

This new partnership will take immediate effect and the NSL is inviting all its clubs to attend a meeting on June 18, 2018, at the Hampton Inn in Natick, MA at 7:30pm to find out more about how this will affect league play for the fall 2018 season. 

Visit the Northeast Soccer League website at www.nslsoccer.org