North Shore United Soccer
[North Shore United Soccer (NSU) was rebranded as “GPS North Shore” in May of 2015. NSU was known as GPS North Shore for the 2015-2016 soccer season and beyond.]
Based in Topsfield, North Shore United Soccer (NSU) was founded in 2003 to address the need to develop young soccer players in the area. Fast forward to today and here you’ll find a premier soccer club with an excellent coaching staff that is poised for even further growth; North Shore United is one of the largest and most successful soccer organizations in Massachusetts.
NSU believes that in order to develop into successful soccer players young kids need a firm foundation in athletic/academic achievement and sportsmanship. Key areas on which NSA focuses are technical, tactical, physical and mental.
Coaches at North Shore United Soccer want to create and nurture a very positive environment for all those in the club. They don’t discipline the players, as other clubs may do, but by developing achievable goals for these young players they have built a club that is very competitive while sound in its principle of having fun. While each club aims to have a win each time NSU stresses the value of never giving up and to leave nothing on the field.
Young soccer players develop best when the focus is on creating a fun and healthy environment. Whether you’ thinking about North Shore United or any other Mass soccer club the most important facet is the coach and his/her style. Attend a practice session and a game and see how the coach behaves: motivation will the key to your child’s success – and not just in soccer! It will not be the fancy uniform and clubhouse or the size of the club.
For some great tips see 7 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Soccer Club.
NSSA Open Play Day
In January NSU holds a, Open Play Day on which the club has an open session of soccer in the form on min pick-up games. A very casual event in which there is minimal intervention by the coaching staff in order to let the kids play “creatively”. There are both full and half-day options.
NSSA February Vacation Clinic
Each February North Shore United Soccer holds, yes you guessed it, a February Vacation Clinic; here the coaching staff will run the kids through shooting drills, foot skills, passing basics, defensive moves, etc. They offer full day and half-day options.
Session 2 Winter Grasshopper Program
Shore Soccer Arena is host to the NSU’s Grasshopper Program; this is schedule over three days and focus on development of their soccer skills.
This program is designed for young soccer players (U6 – U10) who enjoy playing the game or want to begin playing and learning the game of soccer. The focus is fun games and exercises that focus on the individual development of each player; runs over eight weeks and not segregated into boys / girls – so it’s coed.
NSU Summer Camp
North Shore United also runs a summer camp; usually at the popular Rowley camp in August (Veteran’s Field Pine Grove School, Rowley, MA).
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North Shore United Soccer trains and plays in their own facility which is on the Topsfield Fairgrounds.
Here’s the address:
207 Boston Rd
Topsfield, MA 01983
- Good site overall providing the basics of what you need to know about the club.
- Great bios and information on the coaches.
- Tryout section outdated with 2009-2010 information; yet there is up-to-date tryout information of the home page; lots of news for 2011?; no tournament information.
- Fee schedule is for registering a team; not for signing up to the Club; can be confusing for newbies.