Northern Counties Soccer Association 20% OFF SHOP EVENT

Thursday, August 27th through Monday August 30th

ALL Store Locations Save the date!

Our partner, DICK’S Sporting Goods, is offering you a 20% off discount throughout the store to help you gear up for the season and back to school! Be sure to use the coupon linked below, as this is specific to our organization. The coupon is valid in-store on the dates above, and should be shown at the register during checkout.


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We receive questions and game change requests that suggest some confusion about schedules which vary based upon number of teams in a flight as well as the level of the flight.  Here is an explanation of the differences in flights and special rules that apply.  These rules are part of the NCSA Rules of Competition, but are stated more simply and answer associated questions that everyone wants to know: (a) is my entire schedule already posted on the website; (b) if yes, by when must we play all currently scheduled games; (c) or if not, how are additional games determined; and (d) if there are additional games, then by when must we play (i) already scheduled games and (ii) additional games to be scheduled.


These are the Playoff flights: B09A, B10A, B10B, B11A, B11B, B12A, B12B, B13A, B13B, B14A, B14B, B15AG9A, G10A, G11A, G12B, G13B

  • You will play a total of 10 games
  • Only the first 7 games are scheduled in weeks 1-7
  • You must play these games by 5/9 (week 7) for results to count in standings to seed weeks 8-9-10
  • At the end of games for 5/9, the match-ups for week 8 (1 hosting 8, 2 hosting 7, etc.) to be played on 5/16 will be posted
  • The actual game time and field MUST be scheduled by the home team by 11 am Monday based upon its field availability and fitting with existing schedule of games in order to be timely to be assigned referees for the game.
  • The last 2 steps are repeated for week 9 (5/23 game) and week 10 (6/6 game) with higher seeded team hosting lower seeded team in winners’ and loser’s brackets


These are the MBOS flights: B17A

  • You will play a total of 10 games
  • Only the first 7 games are scheduled in weeks 1-7
  • You must play these games by 5/9 (week 7) for results to count in standings to seed weeks 8-9-10
  • At the end of games for 5/9, the match-ups for weeks 8, 9 and 10 will be posted (1 through 4 playing each other a second time, 5 through 8 playing each other a second time
  • The actual game time and field MUST be scheduled by the home team by 11 am Monday based upon its field availability and fitting with existing schedule of games in order to be timely to be assigned referees for the game.


These are the Interleague flights: G13A, G14A and G15A

  • You will play a total of 9 games
  • All games are included in the original schedule, with the first game in week 0 (3/14)
  • You must schedule the first games against SJGSL teams – please submit a game change to NCSA so our records are current and so that you can produce an MDF and report scores
  • Week 5 (4/25) NCSA teams host SJGSL teams – while you may have these games scheduled to hold a slot in the initial schedule, you will need to confirm date and time and adjust schedules as needed
  • All games count in standings and must be played by season end date of 6/22


All other 7-8 team flights are full schedule flights.

  • You will play 9 games in 9 weeks if 8 teams; you will play 9 games in 10 weeks and have one or 2 weeks off if 7 teams
  • Weeks 1 and 2 repeat in weeks 8 and 9 – the 2 teams off in week 8 and 9 will be scheduled against each other in week 10 so all teams get 9 games
  • All games to be played are already included in the posted schedule
  • You must play all games by the season end date of 6/22.


  • You will play 10 games if 11 teams, with one week off; you will play 11 games if 12 teams with no weeks off
  • The 11 weeks of games are scheduled starting in week 0 (3/14) with all week 0 games as a TBS(L)
  • All games to be played are already included in the posted schedule
  • You must play all games by the season end date of 6/22.


  • You will play 9 games in 9 weeks if 10 teams; you will play 9 games in 10 weeks and have one week off if 9 teams
  • One team will have a 10th game to give the “odd” team (team off in week 10) its 9th game
  • All games to be played are already included in the posted schedule
  • You must play all games by the season end date of 6/22.


  • You will play 10 games in 10 weeks if 6 teams; you will play 8 games in 10 weeks and have 2 weeks off if 5 teams
  • Flights are rarely set at 5 teams, but usually occur when a team drops after flighting and scheduling is complete – we encourage teams to schedule an additional game as a friendly to play a minimum of 9 games
  • All games to be played are already included in the posted schedule
  • You must play all games by the season end date of 6/22.


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US Club Soccer, Northern Counties Soccer Association extend sanctioning agreement

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 30, 2020) – US Club Soccer and Northern Counties Soccer Association (NCSA) are excited to announce a long-term extension of their sanctioning agreement, as the soccer organizations renew their commitments to continued growth and opportunities in New Jersey and New York. NCSA chose US Club Soccer as its sanctioning body in 2009, mutually growing on and off the field since.

NCSA was formed in 1973, adopting the motto “Enjoy the Beautiful Game” as a guide for bringing quality youth soccer to northern New Jersey. The league has expanded to about 100 clubs today spanning the Hudson River to Sussex County and from Orange County, N.Y. to Union County, N.J. NCSA has facilitated an environment that fosters both coaching and player development, and has been steadfast in its referee program.

NCSA is taking advantage of several US Club Soccer opportunities, including: integration with the National Cup and the US Club Soccer State Cup New Jersey beginning next season, Players First and the ability to host U.S. Soccer grassroots coaching education courses.

“We are delighted to be entering into a new agreement with Northern Counties, a league with a long-standing commitment to providing all players and their parents the best possible experience,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO. “The league’s approach dovetails perfectly with our Players First philosophy, and we look forward to working closely together for the next five years to make every player’s experience the best it can be.”

"The past four months have been very difficult for all of us, and we continue to try and navigate through this unprecedented time,” said Dennis Burns, NCSA President. “We are excited about our new five-year agreement with US Club and the safe return to soccer this Fall. The new agreement between US Club Soccer and NCSA will provide our clubs long-term financial stability of our fees and new access for their top teams to participate in both National Cup and State Cup competition at a discounted rate through NCSA."

“COVID-19 presents new challenges for everyone involved with youth sports,” said Bob Heinrich, NCSA Vice President. “We felt that at this time, it was critical for our league that we secure a long-term extension with US Club Soccer. The alignment of strategic vision between NCSA and US Club Soccer will result in developing and implementing programs that will benefit our clubs, coaches and players through the return to play and for many years to come.”

US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the country to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The primary vehicle for accomplishing that ambition is Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

That Players First philosophy is supported by best-in-class partners and resources, including LaLiga, and is anchored by five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. In particular, Player Health & Safety is the emphasis, as US Club Soccer prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. US Club Soccer has stringent requirements for all staff registration/eligibility and also provides a variety of safety-related resources and recommendations to members.


NCSA was formed in 1973, with the purpose of providing a forum for quality youth soccer. What began with several clubs from the Northern Bergen County area such as Torpedoes and Americans along with a handful of other Northern Jersey clubs like Montclair and Thistle has expanded to about 80 clubs stretching from the Hudson River to Sussex County and from Orange County NY to Union County NJ.

Our aim is still to provide quality youth soccer. The enormous interest in the game combined with the desire for kids to participate has spurred growth of the league to about 1,100 teams in the spring of 2015. NCSA offers premier level flights at every age group and provides many additional flights for children to hone their skills and work to move their game to a higher level. Many of NCSA's clubs offer professional training and coaching, resulting in higher quality levels at all ages.


A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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Spring 2021 Flight Winners


B09A Ironbound-B09A-DaSilva  
B09B Ironbound-B09B-Costa  
B09C Torpedoes-B09C-Woessner  
B09DB SCVistula-B09DB-Zagorski  
B09DW SaddleBR-B09DW-Maj  
B09EB RiverDell-B09EB-Stein  
B09EW Thistle-B09EW-Miller WayneBG-B09EW-King
B09FB Fairview-B09FB-VENTURA  
B09FW SFL-B09FW-Lowdon  
B09G GlenRock-B09G-Prestigiacomo  
B09H Emerson-B09H-Sweeny  
B10A Arsenal-B10A-Rojas  
B10B Spartan-B10B-Crollo  
B10CB RiverDell-B10CB-Morrow  
B10CW WorldClassFC-B10CW-Hurtado  
B10DB AYSOBergen-B10DB-Park  
B10DW Nutley-B10DW-Crumrine  
B10EB DenofLions-B10EB-Alves  
B10EW Ajax-B10EW-Salge  
B10FB RiverDell-B10FB-Sullivan  
B10FW Ajax-B10FW-Salge  
B11A Sportfriends-B11A-Emery  
B11B Mahwah-B11B-DSilva  
B11CB GlenRidge-B11CB-Murphy  
B11CW Ajax-B11CW-Salge  
B11DB Ironbound-B11DB-Liborio  
B11DW NoRockland-B11DW-Henery  
B11E FairLawnAllSports-B11E-Yarvin  
B11F Americans-B11F-Johnston  
B12A Maroons-B12A-OHara  
B12B RYSA-B12B-HuertaCaro  
B12C Hoboken-B12C-Kelly  
B12CB CougarSC-B12CB-Sheehy  
B12D SCVistula-B12D-Bogusz  
B12DB Teaneck-B12DB-Almeida  
B12E Spartan-B12E-Munoz  
B12F SShore-B12F-Rana  
B13A GlenRidge-B13A-Arnett  
B13B WorldClassFC-B13B-JeanCharles  
B13BB SaddleBR-B13BB-Guedes  
B13CW RYSA-B13CW-Iapicca  
B13D MWU-B13D-Perna  
B13E CougarSC-B13E-Glasby  
B14A Lyndhurst-B14A-Dasler  
B14B Emerson-B14B-Mancino  
B14C Fairview-B14C-Fuentes  
B14D Montclair-B14D-Rosenheck  
B14E GlenRock-B14E-Slump  
B14I Teaneck-B14I-Serbe  
B15A NoValley-B15A-Lago  
B15B WayneBG-B15B-Borchard  
B15C Sportfriends-B15C-Giovatto  
B15I GlenRidge-B15I-Kleinberg  
B16A Arsenal-B16A-Botta  
B16B Hoboken-B16B-Lucivero  
B17A Tenafly-B17A-Wilk  
B19A Americans-B19A-Fisherman  
B19B NoValley-B19B-Gwon  
B19C GlenRidge-B19C-Kleinberg  
G09A Worldclass-G09A-Kentimenos  
G09B Wayne-G09B-Tielemans  
G09CB Montclair-G09CB-StPierre  
G09CW Riverdell-G09CW-Windram  
G09D Hotspurs-G09D-Lehr  
G09E Americans-G09E-Stiles  
G09F Thistle-G09F-Mara  
G10A Dragons-G10A-DePiero  
G10B Maroons-G10B-McCambridge  
G10C Thistle-G10C-McDonald Hotspur-G10C-Rotolo
G10D Warriors-G10D-Minervini  
G10E NoArlington-G10E-Parenti  
G10F Maroons-G10F-McCambridge Verona-G10F-Gupta
G11A NoValley-G11A-Cabrera  
G11BB WorldClassFC-G11BB-Tartara  
G11BW Lyndhurst-G11BW-Montillo  
G11C Mahwah-G11C-Feldman  
G11D NoValley-G11D-Ranu  
G11E Hotspur-G11E-Mooney  
G11FB Torpedoes-G11FB-Vidaic  
G11FW Ajax-G11FW-Vitetta  
G12A Lyndhurst-G12A-Amaral  
G12B Hoboken-G12B-McCue   
G12C MWU-G12C-Eckberg  
G12D Thistle-G12D-Howell  
G12E GlenRidge-G12E-Saleh  
G12F Teaneck-G12F-Valle  
G13A Bayonne-G13A-Galano  
G13B GlenRock-G13B-Pappalardo  
G13C WayneBG-G13C-Burke  
G13D JerseyCity-G13D-Nazareth  
G13I AYSOBergen-G13I-Herrera  
G14A Torpedoes-G14A-Hartung  
G14B Glenrock-G14B-Rundell  
G14C NorthRockland-G14C-Piscopiello  
G15A MWU-G15A-Duffell  
G15B FairLawnAllSports-G15B-Genao  
G15C WorldClassFC-G15C-Santos  
G15I CougarUtd-G15I-Barkan  
G16DW Bayonne-G16DW-Moncrief  
G19A Bayonne-G19A-Martin  
G19B Warriors-G19B-Nieman  
G19C WorldClassFC-G19C-Palau  
G19DB AYSOBergen-G19DB-Zeigler  
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NCSA 2021 Scholarship Winners Announced

NCSA is pleased to announce our 2021 Scholarship Winners!


Thank you to all of the seniors that applied for the NCSA Scholarship this year. We wish you all well in the next chapter of your journey.


The NCSA 2021 Girls Scholarship Winner is Lauren C. Lauren has played for the River Dell Blackhawks since Kindergarten and went on to play for River Dell High School.  Lauren has a tremendous resume outside of soccer where she has volunteered her time and given back to her community.  She is also a member of the Honor Society and volunteer at the Englewood Hospital.  Lauren plans to attend the University of Delaware and pursue a degree in Human Physiology, on a pre-med track, and then go on to medical school to become a Doctor.


The NCSA 2021 Boys Scholarship Winner is Dan B.  Dan was a member of Cougar United Soccer Club from U8 to U19.  He went on to play for Cresskill High School where he was a Captain.  Dan has exceptional academics and has achieved AP Scholar with Distinction and finished in the top 2 of the Bergen County Debate League.  He also finished in the top 3% on New Jersey Science League Biology II Competition.  Outside of soccer, Dan is a Teaneck Ambulance Core Volunteer and still finds time to give back to his community by offering virtual soccer training to local kids over zoom.     

Congratulations to Lauren and Dan and best of luck to you both!



NCSA Scholarship Committee

Dennis Burns, Diane Pinto, and Mike Mara

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Reprinted from Soccer America Youth Soccer Insider

Part 1


Why 'load management' matters. Ramping back to sports after COVID-19 layoff


by Dr. Dev Mishra


I’ve been writing about trying to keep up with some amount of exercise during our stay-at-home limitations. While many of you have found ways to maintain -- and even improve -- your fitness levels, the reality for many folks is that there was simply no way to keep up with fitness levels during our recent restrictions.

So now as we start gradually easing restrictions on outdoor sports and fitness you’ve got an opportunity to get some of your lost fitness back. But a few words of caution are in order here: getting back too fast, with too much load, and too soon is a recipe for an injury.

A sensible approach calls for a restart at about half intensity from your previous level, and then ramping up each week. In professional sports the phrase used for this type of limited activity is “load management.” It works for all of us.

What Happens To Your Body During Extended Time Off

Every part of your body is helped by regular exercise and unfortunately that also means that every part of your body is negatively affected by a lack of exercise. If you’ve previously been healthy and fit but have now spent the last 3 months sitting at your desk on Zoom calls, well, there have been a lot of things happening in your body from all that inactivity and most of them haven’t been good.

Adult athletes, especially older adults, will become de-conditioned fairly quickly. Noticeable differences happen from 2 weeks off from exercise. Young people have more reserve capacity and either won’t feel as much de-conditioning or it will take a longer time off to feel the effects. Even fit young athletes will feel the effects by 4 weeks off.

Among the systems related to your fitness, your heart and lungs will lose some of their efficiency with time off. Muscles will become weaker and tendons will generally become stiffer. The issue with the muscles and tendons is most relevant to athletes returning to sport after a long layoff, and those issues make you more susceptible to injury on your return.

Strategies To Ramp Back To Sports

Do you remember the day when there was spring training for MLB and off season training for the NFL? Well, those were times when even elite professionals are susceptible to overuse injury coming back from offseason rest, and athletic trainers carefully monitor the players’ return to activity. Using sophisticated data, the trainers start “load management” protocols to safely get players back to fitness. Since the Bundesliga returned to play, one study found increased injury rates during the first three weekends of play compared to the pre-lockdown average.

For the rest of us, the basic principles of load management still apply, and should help to reduce the risk of muscle strains and tendon injuries in all age groups, and growth-plate issues in kids.

For adults and kids a reasonable way to start is at about 50% of your old training volume and intensity. You’d then closely monitor how you feel. Some soreness is to be expected when starting up, but if you feel especially bad then take a couple days off. If you’re feeling good then increase activity by 10% to 20% the following week. I’d recommend over-50 adults ramp up at the lower range, closer to 10% per week.

Let’s say you are a young athlete who used to practice and play your sport around 10 hours per week pre-virus. When you start back you’d target about 5 hours per week the first week, and if feeling good you’d increase that to about 6 hours per week the second week.

Stay safe, and embrace the challenge.

Key Points:
Restarting sport and fitness activity with too much intensity and too much training load is s setup for an overuse injury.
Lessen your chances for an injury by starting back into activity about 50% of your pre-isolation load and increase by 10% to 20% per week if you’re feeling good.


Active Recovery: The next piece in getting back to sports


by Dr. Dev Mishra


I wrote last week about some simple strategies to ramp back up  to fitness and sports activity after a COVID-19 layoff. This week I’ll briefly discuss another important concept in your road back: active recovery.

Active recovery is a process through which you use light exercise, tissue mobilization techniques, and even sleep to improve your recovery from more intense exercise sessions.

When done correctly, active recovery will lessen muscle soreness and improve your energy levels heading into the next day.

Active Recovery vs. Passive Recovery

When you completely shut down from activity for a day or two we’d call that “passive” recovery. That’s essentially total rest. Sometimes that’s necessary, such as when you have an illness, but if you’re otherwise healthy then active recovery is a better option. “Active” recovery means that you use low intensity exercise and tissue mobilization to improve blood flow and tissue healing. This type of exercise should be vigorous enough to increase your blood flow but light enough to allow your muscles, tendons, and joints to heal.

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For guidelines and best practices for WHEN AND IF your local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the practice field for team training, check out U.S. Soccer's PLAY ON home page HERE.

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What Should Happen With Active Recovery

Ideally, an active recovery program should have the following elements:

Improve joint mobility.

A slight elevation in your heart rate.

Low impact, so it does not create joint or muscle pain.

Increase tissue mobility, especially to muscles and tendons.

Prepare you for the next day of more intense training.

The result of using an active recovery program is that it should help to reduce post-activity muscle soreness and increase muscle resiliency. When used consistently it will allow you to train more effectively than you would if you train while sore.

Examples Of Active Recovery Exercises

An active recovery session usually ranges from 15 minutes to an hour. Here are some examples of common active recovery techniques:

Low impact steady state cardio. I’m a big fan of using a stationary bike for this, but you could also use an elliptical, rower or treadmill. Outdoors you could do a brisk walk or a light jog, swim or hike. Stay in your heart rate zone 1 or 2.

Foam roller, especially a motorized/vibrating foam roller. These are great for trigger point release and increasing muscle elasticity. I especially recommend a vibrating foam roller, once you try one you’ll never go back to a standard roller.

Traditional yoga practice is about mindfulness as much as it is about muscles and tendons, and each of those elements can be a great aid to active recovery. Here’s a beginner’s guide for at-home yoga basics.

Dynamic stretching, especially hip and core.

These are just a few simple and easily accessible examples. If you haven’t been using active recovery, pick something above and try it out for a few weeks on the days between your training sessions. I think you’ll be really happy with how it makes you feel.

Key Points:
Active recovery is a process through which you use low impact light exercise to improve recovery from intense training or practice sessions.
The active recovery techniques should be used in the days between regular training, and should help you recover faster.
Some examples of active recovery include low impact cardio, foam roller, yoga, and dynamic stretching.






(Dr. Dev K. Mishra, a Clinical Assistant Professor of orthopedic surgery at Stanford University and Medical Director of Apeiron Life, is the creator of the SidelineSportsDoc.com online injury management course and the Good to Go injury assessment App for coaches, managers, parents and players. Mishra writes about injury recognition and management at SidelineSportsDoc.com blog, where this article originally appeared.)






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