US Soccer has recently published player development initiatives which they feel will help develop all players to the best of their abilities.
One of the major components is a movement to small sided standards.
MAPLE already provides small sided structure at various younger age groups although the new initiatives will mean a change at certain ages to the number of players on the field.
US Soccer is suggesting that U9 and U10 players now play 7v7, U11 and U12 to play 9v9 and U13 and above to play 11 a side. The field dimensions have also been standardized to provide the correct space and the hope is to create players who are more confident and comfortable when in possession of the ball.
This fall MAPLE has decided to pilot 7v7 at the U9 age groups and collect feedback from coaches and clubs as we move towards the new format.
For spring 2016 U11 & U12 will move to 9v9. U12 11v11 will continue to be offered. U10 will remain at 8v8 for the spring and then move to 7v7 for fall 2016.
Roster sizes will remain the same.
This will impact the size of fields and nets required for each age group. At the moment US Soccer is still reviewing this issue as it will mean significant additional expense for both MAPLE and town programs, and it seems some flexibility will be permitted. For this spring the field and net sizes for U10-U12 will not change.
Starting in Fall 2016 MAPLE clubs would be permitted to use the same fields and nets for U10-U12 games if they had teams in multiple age groups, thus allowing us to continue to block games. Or, they could provide a smaller field for the U10 teams if they had only that age group or multiple U10 teams.
Nova Sparks Accepted at 2015 Capitol Fall Classic Tournament
Congratulations to the Nova Girls U17 Sparks who have been accepted to play at the 2015 Capitol Fall Classic in Richmond, Virginia in November. The Sparks are in the top bracket of their age group and a good showing at this tournament will give them an automatic entry into the Jefferson Cup in 2016.
The Nova Fusion Women's Summer Soccer Team has had a successful season. The team has two games remaining at their home field at Walpole High School next Monday, 7/27 and Wednesday, 7/29 nights starting at 7:00.
Stu Singer enters his 2nd year as the Mental Performance Coach for Nova Premier SC, and has played an integral role in helping developing our teams. Nova believes strongly in the responsibility to develop the whole athlete while at our Club, and this includes their mental and emotional growth as young athletes. To that end Coach Singer focuses on the psychological performance of our players. Player motivation, confidence, focus, time-management, stress-management, leadership, and team building among others are the varied topics that he covers with our players. Coach Singer, in conjunction with our coaches can provide various group discussions on mental game topics.
Mission: To provide on-going mental skill development for our athletes that teaches mental skills to aid in the transition to playing at the elite level, as well as supporting all of their performance goals during their entire career within the Nova Premier Soccer Club. The support is designed to not only aid our athletes to be athletically successful but also to be as comfortable and engaged as possible throughout their experience with Nova. The ultimate focus is to build a foundation that allows our athletes to reach their athletic, academic, and personal goals.
Coach Singer has his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and his doctorate (ABD) in Sports Performance Psychology. Coach Singer is the Performance Psychologist for the University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team who has reached back to back-to-back NCAA Final Fours, and has served in a similar role with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics. Locally, coach Singer works with Bishop Feehan and Mansfield girl’s soccer, Shamrock Soccer Academy, and individual players with the New England Revolution.
Nova Premier Soccer Club is looking for qualified head coaches to coach our boys and girls premier youth soccer teams. We are located in Rehoboth, MA (Southern MA near Rhode Island border). Our goal is for players to receive top-flight instruction, be challenged and grow to become successful soccer players in a family friendly atmosphere.
Coach needs to be responsible and committed with experience coaching children.
Please send your resume, includinglicense information and references to Tony Luongo, Club President @
Nova Premier Soccer Club is a premier soccer club for boys and girls competing in the top leagues in the state of Massachusetts and in New England. We are committed to provide top flight training and to develop our players to become great soccer players and great people.
Want to play for a small club with a family feel that regularly competes for Maple titles and State Cup titles? Look no further - Nova Premier SC is for you!
Nova Premier SC has:
Won 2 State Cup titles
Been a State Cup Finalist 3 times
Been a State Cup Semifinalist 5 times
Been a State Cup Quarterfinalist 11 times
Participated in the US Region 1 Tournament 3 times
Won a Maple Division Championship 6 times
Won multiple other premier tournaments
Nova SC alumni have gone on to play at colleges and universities such as StAnselm's College,St. Johns (NY), Springfield College, Stonehill College, Lesley, Western Connecticut, Salve Regina, UMASS Lowell, UMASS Dartmouth, Simmons, Framingham State, Franklin Pierce College,Bridgewater State University, , St. Michael's College, University of South New Hampshire, and more.
INTERESTED? email Tony Luongo at
or Kevin Smith at