AUGUST 5, 2020 – The Northeast Elite Soccer League is excited to launch the North East Super League (NESL) featuring seven competitive, nationally acclaimed clubs from US Adult Soccer Region I. Through the collaboration of several State Associations, the league is sanctioned with both US Soccer and US Adult Soccer.
The league includes teams with a rich history of championships at the national, regional, state and league levels. Five of these sides impressively qualified for the 2020 Lamar Hunt Cup. The league boasts a diverse and stacked talent pool with accomplished backgrounds and ambitious futures.
The seven founding members include reigning US Amateur Cup holder Newtown Pride FC of Connecticut, 6-time national champions Christos FC of Maryland, former national Werner Fricker Cup champion West Chester United SC and historic club Vereinigung Erzgebirge of Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey powerhouses FC Motown and Jackson Lions FC who combined to win the NESL summer league in 2018 and Safira FC of Massachusetts, 4-time US Futsal National Champions. These teams not only have shown their worth on the pitch, they have expanded their programs to include the local soccer community and create the full club soccer atmosphere. The NESL will be the premier elite amateur league in the United States that can brag of its quality from the top to the bottom.
Initial plans had the competition playing this fall but with the current global pandemic, the league is eyeing a formal and responsible season start for spring of 2021 to allow venues with fans. If possible, tournaments or friendlies may be played later in this year. The situation will continue to be monitored so that guidance from health officials will ensure decisions are actively promoting the safety and wellness of all involved.
In the future, the league looks to expand bringing an exciting format to allow other Region I teams to participate in the best elite amateur league in the country; a high energy, fast-paced, competitive soccer environment night in and night out.
The NESL will work in tandem, and without threatening, the success of local and state leagues to bring this Super League to life. Several of the founding teams will continue their league and state play simultaneous to the efforts of the NESL. Look for future releases about the best in the amateur game that showcases talented players from across USASA Region I.