New Hampshire Soccer Association News

2021 NHSL Fall Registrations OPEN July 7th!

The 2021 Fall NH Soccer League will being games on Saturday August 28th.  Registrations open on July 7th.

Important Links:

Fall League Calendar

Registration Information Page


2021 NHSL Fall Jamboree Registrations OPEN

The NHSL Fall Kickoff Jamboree will take place on the weekend of August 21st & 22nd.  Sunday the 22nd will only be used if there is an overflow – with the plan to have all games played on Saturday August 21st.  YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE

June 8th 2021 COVID 19 UPDATE

June 8, 2021
Due to the drop in COVID 19 cases across NH and the vaccination rate pushing 60%, the New Hampshire Soccer Association has decided to drop its mask policies for all vaccinated players, coaches, spectators and participants.

  • Equipment and bench area sanitation and hand sanitation is still a must
    • Please remember town, facilities or organizations may impose further restrictive measures for facial coverings for participants and spectators, these heightened restrictions take precedence

The NHSA Executive Board thanks all its members for their continued support. NH is among a few states in the nation with little transmission between players and/or coaches and no record of transmission between two different teams. The NHSA will continue to monitor look closely as we finish the spring season, enter the summer season and plan for the fall.




Rusty Wightman


New Hampshire Soccer Association

Spring 2021 Covid 19 Update



New Hampshire Soccer Association

May 21, 2021
There have been many questions related to our current policies and mandates in response to the latest CDC announcements. The New Hampshire Soccer Association has decided to keep its current policies in place for the remainder of the spring season. This includes all leagues, facilities and organizations.
NHSA asks:

• Players, coaches, referees, and spectators continue to wear facial coverings while entering and exiting
a field or facility (indoor or outdoor)
• Upon a negative screening from coach or team manager, players may remove their mask to play or practice
• Upon a negative screening, referees are permitted to officiate matches without a facial covering
• Coaches/team managers must wear facial covering at all times
• Spectators are asked to wear facial coverings at all times
• Equipment and bench area sanitation and hand sanitation is still a must
• Please remember town, facilities or organizations may impose further restrictive measures for facial coverings for participants and spectators, these heightened restrictions take precedence

The NHSA Executive Board thanks all its members for their continued support. NH is among a few states in the nation with little transmission between players and/or coaches and no record of transmission between two different teams. The NHSA will look closely at these policies after the spring season, we see things moving in a very positive direction.

Summer Camp Series – Register Today!

New Hampshire Soccer Association is excited to announce that we will be offering summer camp opportunities.  For the summer of 2021, we have teamed up with Elite UK to run camps at our state fields in Pembroke, NH.  Registrations are now open.




Week #1:  June 21st-25th

Week #2:  July 26th-30th

Sign up for BOTH Weeks and received a discount (full day)


TOTS program: Ages 6 and 8 – 9:00am-10:30am

Half Day Program: Ages 9 to 16 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Full Day Program:  Ages 9 to 16 – 9:00am-3:00pm

An 8:30am early drop off is offered.  No late pickups.


TOTS: $90

Half Day: $150

Full Day:  $195 ($370 for both weeks)

Location:  NHSA State Fields – 326 Buck Street, Pembroke, NH  03275

EXCLUSIVE OFFER to our members:  Upon registering your child(ren), there is a spot on the registration form where you can enter the club/program you play for.  For clubs who have a minimum of 10 players registered for the camp, they will be entered into a drawing to win a 4-pack of New England Revolution tickets, to be used within your club or organization for fundraising opportunities.

Players DO NOT need to be affiliated with a club to attend these camps.



Referee Course Announced to End Spring!

We are excited to announce that the SRC is providing a last minute opportunity for people to get certified as an official.  As we are all aware, there is a referee shortage, and there are many games in June.  This is open to anyone who is interested in getting patched, even if you don’t intend to do anymore than help our your club and the league if you end up in a pinch.

You can find all the information needed to get started by CLICKING HERE.  Any questions, please reach out to  Get the process started today!



NHSL Spring Registered Teams List Now Available

The direct link can be found by clicking HERE

League Kickoff Meeting April 6th

Meeting will start at 7pm.  This spring’s focus will be on the importance of coaching education for the development of players.  The link to the meeting will be emailed to clubs after registration closes.

International Premier Futsal League affiliates with NHSA & USASA

International Premier Futsal League (IPFL) becomes affiliated with the New Hampshire Soccer Association.

“We are really excited to announce this affiliation,” said Jared Barbosa, the CEO of International Soccer Club (ISC). “Over the past few months, we have been able to have great conversations with NHSA board members, they are really fostering ideas around providing the appropriate platforms that are conducive to overall long-term player development.  With the development of the IPFL, we see it as an additional platform to allow amateur level players to showcase their skills and increase opportunities for additional recruitment and exposure with the intention of leading to higher levels of play. Within our league, we are seeking to create the most competitive environment possible.  It is important to us that we have players/teams that are in it for the same reasons, to compete and develop.  We are very excited to get this going and have big plans for the future. “

NHSA President, Rusty Wightman said “The New Hampshire Soccer Association is pleased to announce our support to the International Premier Futsal League. This new league will provide opportunities for adults to play in an affiliated competitive environment, offering futsal teams the ability to showcase their skills and talents in NH. Players will register under the NHSA and become members of the United States Adult Soccer Association. We are excited to see the game grow in the Granite State! “


For more information, please contact Jared Barbosa [].

Youth Competitive Update: COVID

Good Afternoon New Hampshire Soccer Association, 

It is now peak soccer season.  The leaves have changed and begun to fall, the air is cool, the morning brings frost-covered lawns, and each game that gets played brings a team a little sense of normal.  We as a community have gone through some extraordinary times since the beginning of this pandemic and at least we have found a way to still play soccer here in the beautiful State of New Hampshire. 

However, I say that cautiously.  The State of New Hampshire has been and continues to have one of the lowest infection rates of COVID-19 in the country.  We would like to see it stay that way and allow for all, children & adults, to continue to play this beautiful game. 

Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Soccer Association (NHSA) released Return-to-Play Protocols with additional information to further the State of New Hampshire’s Safer at Home Guidance When we first returned to the field and teams began to play, the overwhelming support and acceptance of these protocols were understood and acted upon.   

In many cases, the creative thinking and optimistic approach to fulfilling the obligations and requirements within these guidelines were refreshing and inspiring!  Clubs were going above and beyond the minimum standards to keep their players, staff, families, and community safe. 

Unfortunately, we have been seeing, and hearing about, clubs taking a step back, relaxing, and not being as vigilant as they were when we first came back to playing games. This is an area of great concern.  We would not want to lose our ability to play this beautiful game because of the actions of a few. 

We have seen in the past few days alone multiple school districts being forced to go to full remote learning because communities have seen increases in COVID cases.  Ice Skating rinks have been forced to close for two weeks due to COVID, even when plans were in place to minimize this risk.  We DO NOT want this to happen to soccer. 

Please take the time to take a step back and reassess the way the last few weeks have been in your town.  Are you doing the right things to keep everyone who comes to your games safe?  

The following are just some of the expectations for everyone participating in soccer games in the State of New Hampshire under NHSA, based on our interpretation of NHSA Protocols & NH Guidance: 

  • Any person not ACTIVELY playing in the game is wearing a mask. 
    • Coaches are to ALWAYS be wearing a mask while participating (includes pre- & post-game) 
    • Substitutes are to be wearing a mask when on the bench 
  • Spectators (not from the same household), are to be spaced physical distant when watching their participants play 
    • Spectators are to provide extra space away from the touchline to remain physically distant from match officials working their games. 
    • Spectators are to be wearing masks while at their matches 
  • Match officials are always to be wearing masks, except when ACTIVELY officiating the match in which they are assigned to. 
  • Bench areas are to be cleaned and sanitized by the host site prior to every match. 

We ask that you take the time to do an assessment of your club, team, or association regarding their operating procedures.  These are the minimum expectations set for the membership of NHSA. These expectations allow us to ensure we are within the States Guidelines so we can continue to operate.    

As a reminder, the match officials, can and will, abandon matches because they are witnessing clubs, teams, coaches, not following these simple guidelines.  The New Hampshire Soccer League will consider games abandoned due to refusal to follow these protocols and guidelines as a “forfeit”.  Due to this, per the NHSL League guidelines, each forfeit will incur a $300 fine. 

Please help us be vigilant and allow this beautiful game to continue to be played here in New Hampshire. We understand that this may be seen as an inconvenience for some, but for the sake of the game, we must keep our standards high and our expectations in check. The last thing we want to see is that the game be unavailable to all because of a few. 

Thank you for your time and continued support of the game. We know that everyone is facing different challenges and that each of our members has their own standards they must meet as well.  We simply are requiring that these simple requests be met and that all members understand what is at stake, as well as the consequences, for not maintaining the appropriate level of care to the standards. 

For the Good of the Game, 

Vice President, Youth Competitive Soccer 

New Hampshire Soccer Association  


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