Congratulations to NELSA LCSL Teams

NELSA would like to congratulate its U11 and U12 boys and girls competitive teams for always playing their hardest and making their coaches, parents and community proud of the way they handle themselves while representing the NELSA soccer club. We especially want to congratulate the NFC Flash U12G for placing 2nd in the C2 Bracket B league last weekend. It’s on to the semi-finals for this team April 26-27 in Mandeville – good luck Flash!

The U11B NFC Alliance did their best but ultimately lost in the semi-finals by one heart-breaking goal to the SYSC Strykers ending their run to the finals. The U11G NFC Ninjas ended their championship weekend in 3rd place-very proud of these young ladies! The U12B NFC Force were matched against some very tough teams from south LA and ended placing 3rd in their bracket ending their hopes of making it to the final weekend of play.

Complex is now open

The complex has been re-opened as of 4/10/14 at noon. Let’s play some soccer!

NELSA Complex Closed As Of 4/6/14

Due to all of the recent rains, our fields are in quite poor condition. The complex is currently closed for ALL practices, games,development and academy training. This website will be updated once fields are re-opened.

Update on how to reschedule rec games cancelled on 3/29/14

Due to time constraints nearing the end of season, NELSA will allow make-up games to be scheduled any night that works for their coaches but we ask that the teams attend pre-game warm-up at Development practice first which is held each night at the complex. Please contact your league rep to reserve a field for a day/time to ensure plenty of fields are available for you. The U9-U10 and U11-U13 leagues MUST go through the referee assignor, Jonathan Walsh, in order to reserve a field and request officials. His email address is Please try to provide ample notice to him so he may secure an official for your match.

Additionally, coaches, please don’t arrange a double header with the same team when you still have other teams to play.

Finally, for your own protection all games need to be played at the NELSA complex – DO NOT arrange other friendly scrimmages or league games elsewhere. NELSA and LSA cannot protect and will not support any coach who arranges friendly scrimmages/practice games with the opposition being out of your age bracket (ie. a girls U7 team should not be playing a boys U9 team). If a player gets injured during this, NELSA nor LSA can be held liable.

If you have any questions, please email or call NELSA at 376-3681.

UPDATE: Complex closed for All games/training Saturday, March 29

Please note that due to field conditions, the NELSA complex will be closed for ALL recreational games/training, as well as, ALL LCSL games scheduled for Saturday, March 29th.

Recreational coaches, please check later this weekend for updates on how to handle reschedules for your recreational game from the 29th.

LCSL coaches and managers, please contact Ray Ford 376-3681 with any questions. Games scheduled for LCSL teams for Sunday, March 30th are still questionable.

NELSA Names New Recreational Administrator and Director of Coaching

Due to changes within NELSA, Ray Ford will be assuming the role of Recreational Administrator, as well as, our Director of Coaching.   The NELSA administration and Board would like to thank Krista for all of her hard work and dedication to the program these last few seasons.  Please contact Ray with any questions you may have. His number is 318-376-3681. His direct email address is You may also email NELSA directly at

Developmental Cancelled for March 27

Due to incoming threatening weather, NELSA has decided to cancel all developmental practices to be held this evening, Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Bring your player on Friday 5.30 till 6.30 to make up, if possible.
As a reminder, Development practice is open every working day to all U7,8,9 & 10 players 5.30 till 6.30pm at Chennault on Orange Field 2.

Challenger Soccer Camp is back!

Challenger Camps

Challenger Camps


Spring NELSA Academy Information

Spring Academy for any interested U9 and U10 girls and boys will begin March 17th. Please review the attached information for details and registration instructions.

Nelsa Academy

Register by clicking on the below link for the NELSA Spring Academy:


1st Annual Golf Tournament – 4 person scramble (Rescheduled until Fall ’14)

Message from the President:

As NELSA soccer is getting started this spring, we are also looking towards the future. We have so many great things happening right now with our program. As everyone knows, it takes a village to raise a child and we are trying to make this the best “village” we can for your children. This year we are in the process of fundraising for our lighting project at the complex that benefits all our players. We will begin our fundraising efforts this year with the NELSA Golf Tournament, a 4-person scramble.  The date is set for TBD. It will be hosted at Chennault Golf Course and the cost of teams and sponsorships are listed on the flyers attached.  We would love to have you come out and support our lighting project by participating in the Golf Tournament.

Thank you and if I can help you in any way, please contact me.

Jay Madison

2014 NELSA President



2014 Golf Tournament Forms

Developmental cancelled

Due to the incoming storm, Developmental practice with Ray Ford has been cancelled!

ULM ID Camp Scheduled for 3/13/14

ULM has scheduled an ID Camp for Thursday,March 13th.  This is for any local player who is interested in ULM/college soccer in general or both. The camp will take place at 7pm under the lights at Malone Stadium. Cost of the camp is $30.00.

The current ULM team will be there, so all players in attendance will get a chance to train and play against the current ULM players.  If you have any player who is interested in ULM or college soccer, this would be a great event for them to attend.  This is open to any current high school player, grades freshman through senior.  Any player wishing to attend, please see the below link to register:
Please contact ULM with any questions at the below contact information:

Chris L. McNaughton, M.B.A. Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach U. of Louisiana-Monroe

Office: 318.342.3598

Cell: 501.813.0452

Fax: 318.342.3345

Twitter: @ULM_Soccer Twitter: @ULMWarhawks

Facebook: ULM Warhawks Soccer


All Recreational games for Saturday, February 15 have been cancelled! Please see email for further details!




Due to current field conditions and the upcoming rain and freezing temperatures, the NELSA fields will be closed until further notice. Please make alternate arrangements for practice. We are trying to have them ready for opening day on Saturday!

Thank you!


Recreational Coaches Meeting

The recreational coaches meeting will be Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 at ULM in the football meeting room. Attendance is required. If you have a prior commitment email


A new “move” for the week

Direct from Scotland – our own Ray Ford has sent us a new “special move” of the week for all kids to work on during the Holidays.

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NELSA U11 Girls

Congratulations to the NELSA Ninjas U11 travel team on their 2nd place victory in the Vicksburg U12 bracket!!!
They took 2nd place in the Vicksburg u12 bracket. Beat Vicksburg 3-0; tied Brilla u12 1-1, beat Brilla u11 3-2 in overtime and lost 0-3 to Florence u12 in the finals.
Congratulations girls! You make NELSA proud!!image

ULM Fun Day- Sunday 11/10/2013



NELSA coaches and staff members. We would like to invite your kids to our ULM Soccer field on November 10th

2pm-4pm. We will provide drinks and hotdogs for the participants. We will have all our ULM soccer players and coaching

staff on the field. In addition, ULM soccer players will give out prizes during the fun training session.

This is a free event for NELSA and all age groups are welcome. This is a way to show our appreciation to NELSA for

coming out and watching our games this season. Please fill out the bottom half so we can have an estimate of how many


Coaches Name ___________________________________

NELSA Team Name _______________________________

Email ____________________________________________

Number of


ULM Athletics and Soccer program are very excited to have you take part of this fun event.


U9/U10 Developmental Canceled for Wednesday, Nov. 6th

Due to weather, the developmental practices held tonight have been canceled. They have been rescheduled for tomorrow evening (Thurs., Nov. 7) at the same location and time.

The U12 NELSA Force 02 recently competed and won the prestigious Crossroads of the South tournament in Jackson, MS. The team went undefeated on the weekend and scored 20 goals for the weekend while only giving up 2 goals. Members of the Force include:

Front Row – Andrew Cady, Connor Day, Alex Sanchez, Jacob Stockley, Sterling Turner, Patrick Garrett

Back Row – William Read, Ely McPherson, Wil Hudson, Will Ellender, Jadon Roy, Grant Davis

Not pictured – Hayden Gissendanner, Allen Smith

FORCE 02 at Crossroads

FORCE 02 at Crossroads

Congratulations to the Force 02 on this accomplishment!

Neville High School Soccer Camp Fundraiser

Open to all boys and girls ages PreK-3 through 7th grade. Campers will be grouped by age and gender for instruction. No previous soccer experience necessary. All skill levels encouraged to attend! Please wear shin guards and bring your soccer ball if you already have one and feel free to wear your team uniform!

Camp Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

Place: Neville High School

Registration: 1:30 in front of the football stadium

Cost: $25 per person

In the event of rain, camp will be held in the Neville gym.

Questions: Call Kathy Rasco at 366-9829

Come have fun and learn some Tiger soccer moves!

Kohl’s American Cup – Monroe Tournament Cancelled

Everyone – thank you to those that showed interest in the Monroe Kohl’s American Cup Tournament – at this time, due to low team registration numbers, LSA has decided to cancel the tournament that was to be held on Monroe on October 26-27. All checks given to NELSA will be returned to their original sender. Please make sure to check the LSA website,, for updates on the Kohl’s American Cup Tournament being held in Covington, LA November 2-3.



The Role of the Parent

The Role of the Parent

•The role of the parent is extremely important for all young athletes.

•Whether it is at training, during a game or on the ride home it is essential that there is positive feedback.

•At training and games, players should feel that they can perform what the coach is asking them to do and not what their mother or father is asking them to do.

•“The youth soccer club is much like a school system”. It takes time and there are many developmental aspects that have to be covered in order to eventually get the final product.

Help Your Child Be Prepared:

•Nutritional snacks

•Hydrate – Water or sport drink before, during and immediately after a game

•Weather: Sun screen, rain / cold weather gear

•Shin guards, properly inflated ball, soccer cleats

•Catch the players being successful!

Think of the soccer field as a playground!

•- Emphasize enjoyment

•- Encourage your child regardless of success

•- Cheer for all of the children

•- Applaud a good effort no matter who makes it

•- It’s okay to talk to other teams’ parents

•- Be a parent – not a coach!

•- Resist the urge to criticize

5 Guidelines for the Sidelines


•Relax and let them play

•Yelling directions = Distraction

•Remember, they are just kids having fun

•Have reasonable expectations

Parent Role

If you’ve ever driven a car with three kids screaming and fighting in the backseat, think about this: Does it tend to pull your attention away from the task at hand? Do you ever feel overloaded?

If you add more pressure to that car ride, such as an icy road, can you handle all that at once? That’s exactly what coaches/parents do when they yell at kids to do something: They distract them. They create “cognitive overload.”

(pg. 161, Just Let the Kids Play)

U9/U10B Academy Program Session Date Change

The U9/U10B Academy program has been changed to Sunday afternoons from 3-4:30. Each session is to be led by David Sorrell who has been a competitive coach with NELSA previously. These sessions will be held on Yellow 4 each week. Please make sure you are registered for the Academy program before attending a session. Registration is available online under the Academy/Developmental Programs link.

The girls Academy dates and times remains unchanged.


U9/U10 Pool Training Reminder

Just a reminder that NELSA is offering pool training for its U9 and U10 players at Forsythe Park every Wednesday evening at the field closest to the old pool site. Teams are encouraged to attend as a team with their coach, but in the event that is impossible, players may attend without their coach or teammates. Pool training for U9/U10 boys and girls together will be 5.30 till 6.30 due to daylight issues. Please make sure your player wears shin guards, brings their own ball, has plenty of fluids to drink while attending the session and has mosquito spray on hand.

This is an excellent opportunity for your player to experience training with someone new and gives everyone a fresh approach to the season learning new skills while refining their current ones.


U11-U13 Boys and Girls League Training/Game Schedule

Boys will play on Yellow 4 each Saturday from 9:30-10 am (pool training) and then conclude with games from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Girls will play on Green 1 and 2 each Saturday from 10-10:30 am (pool training) and then conclude with games from 10:30-11:30 am

It’s Easy To Criticize

It’s Easy To Criticize

Please review the link to realize the impact parents and coaches have on our players today.

St. Alban’s Field Closed Until Further Notice For Practice

NELSA certainly understands the fields at St. Alban’s are convenient for many but we want you to know the closures will hopefully be temporary. The Club greatly appreciates St. Alban’s for allowing us to use the property for practice and the Church has done an excellent job of maintaining the fields for several years. However, a combination of the soil type in River Oaks and the recent dry condition has resulted in several areas that pose a risk for injury to the players. The current field conditions are certainly not due to a lack of maintenance or attention on anyone’s part. Mother Nature gets full credit for this one. The Club is considering options on how to remedy the situation and will consult with St. Alban’s regarding a plan going forward.

Thank you, NELSA

Love your player? Love your club?

Show your support to your NELSA team! Visit NELSA’s new fan wear page below and wear your colors on game day! Copy and paste the below url into your browser.

LCSL Team Rosters Named for NELSA F.C. 2013-2014 Seasons


Congratulations to all of these players! Please click on the appropriate age group link below for the listing of players selected for a 2013-2014 NELSA F.C. competitive team:

U12G Roster U12B Roster

U13G Roster U13B Rosters

U14G Roster U14B Roster

U16G Roster U18G Roster

If your player no longer wishes to play on his/her inviting team, please notify Joy Carlson at or Jonathan Walsh at

The U15-U18B teams are still being compiled and are in need of additional players. If you know of someone that may be interested please ask them to contact Jonathan Walsh at

Parents, your team manager should be in contact with you within the next 3 weeks to begin advising practice schedules, team fees, etc.


U11 Girls LCSL Roster Announced

Girls U11 LCSL Roster announced:

NELSA F.C. Ninjas ’03 Girls Roster:

Alivia Buckhalter

Katie Compton

Carolyn Dorris

Laura Dupuy

Jayden Ellerman

Christian Fisher

McKenzie Foster

Madalyn Hayden

Celeste Hearne

Catherine Hunt

Elisabeth Hunt

Madelyn Lawhon

Melanie Miller

Marleigh Moody

Sara Stacy

Congratulations to these girls! If you have any questions please email Krista (, Joy Carlson ( and Robby Compton ( Thank you!

U11 Boys LCSL Roster

Congratulations to the following boys who have made the U11 LCSL team:

NELSA F.C. ’03- Boys

Andrew Beatty

Reuben Brinkmeier

Thomas Deshotel

Kameron Flowers

Coy Gammage

Spencer Gardner

Luis Miguel Gonzalez

Benjamin Humphreys

Layton Mascagni

Robert Meredith

Nick Parrino

William Perkins

Nathan Pierce

Kade Pittard

Wesley Robinson

Luke Stagg


Congratulations to these Boys! If you have any questions you can contact me (, Joy Carlson ( or Jonathan Walsh (