The Bolts are the ONLY club in Massachusetts to provide a
Complete Player Development Pathway
Summary of Player Development Pathway:
Our youngest Bolts play and train in our junior academy, aka “Future Bolts” program. These enthusiastic beginners have fun learning and playing in a non-threatening, age appropriate environment and learn proper fundamentals from the get go! Camps and clinics are provided to all players from any town, any league, or any club and are executed within each geographic region as well as in central locations for the more elite athlete.
BOLTS REGIONS NEP (New England Premiership) league for boys and girls begins as young as U8 and continues through U19. The NEP is ‘the place‘ to compete in club soccer. Bolts boys and girls train and play in their local area, close to home, with coaches who focus on development and creating a love of the game.
Teams practice (typically 2 times per week) and play games on weekends (typically Sundays) against teams from other clubs within New England (mostly Massachusetts). Athletes may continue to play in the NEP through grade 12 and still have the flexibility to play high school soccer as well as other sports if they choose. The Bolts have multiple teams at each age group and in each region and have a legacy of player development and boast impressive retention rates of players as well as their coaching staff.
PROMOTE TO NPL. Bolts have NPL (National Premier League) teams that have been promoted into NPL, due to highly successful seasons of play. Competition in NPL continues to be state-wide and local region play with post-season qualifying potential for Region and National events. Bolts NPL teams have a long legacy of being the best in the state!
SUPERIOR Players/Superior Competition. The Boys ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) is for the elite level player age U13 – U19, who is committed to developing their soccer talent, play at a very high level, and compete in the Northeast Conference. U13 and U14 teams train and compete in fall and spring; U15 – U19 teams begin competition immediately after their high school season ends. ECNL teams compete in ECNL National Showcase events sponsored by the league (Orlando, Oklahoma, San Diego & Pennsylvania) in addition to local tournaments. ECNL players are highly committed to soccer as a primary athletic endeavor and are rewarded with serious college exposure for those players interested in pursuing a collegiate soccer career. Bolts Boys ECNL teams are highly competitive at the national level!
HIGHEST LEVEL youth players in the nation. The Bolts DA (US Soccer Development Academy) program offers the highest level of youth soccer in the nation. The DA competes with the best players from across the US and Canada and are nationally recognized as a highly reputable Academy program with highly credentialed and licensed coaches, many being former professional players, Division I, II, and III collegiate coaches, and US and European national team players
U17 & U19 Academy Winter Showcase, Sarasota, December, 2018
The Bolts DA is an AS Roma US Academy program. Our European affiliate provides significant professional input into the Bolts player curriculum, international exposure for players and tremendous opportunity for superior training both here and abroad.
The DA athlete is 100% committed to soccer as their sport of choice. These players train 4 times per week, 10 months per year, and play games all over the northeast region of the US and Canada, as well as college showcase events.
Additionally, the DA teams are provided opportunities to train and play abroad through the Bolts International Soccer Experience program.
The Bolts DA boast numerous professional alumni, US National Team alum and are one of the highest ranked clubs in the U.S. for college recruited players. In 2018, the Boston Bolts were #1 in the nation for college-committed athletes including players from our DA, ECNL, and NEP, and attend some of the top colleges and universities in the country!
The Bolts top off their player pathway with a USL2 team which is a semi-professional team comprised of top Bolts alum players, who currently play at Division I colleges and universities, and additional highly talented players from US and Europe. USL2 players must try-out to be considered for selection, and train 3 times per week May – July, plus 2 games per week within the New England/NY/Philly area.
Additionally, the Bolts provide a USL2 Reserve Team who train and play May – July and play games in the NEP U23 league. Potential for call-up to USL2 first team is an opportunity provided as a player on the Reserve Team and is based on skill level and need.
To register for tryouts or for general information on program offerings, please contact Bolts Registrar, Maura Steeves at: MauraSteeves@BostonBolts.com
Or, click here on PROGRAMS at top of this screen and select League of interest, to contact the corresponding Director or League Coordinator.