Founded in 1993, today MAPLE provides a competitive structure for more than 850 teams from 100 clubs throughout New England. Prior to that club soccer did not exist in Masschusetts.
These clubs range from large, "full service" clubs to those consisting of one or two teams, from the highly selective to the developmental. All games are Sundays, with 8 v 8 games in the morning and 11 v 11 games in the afternoon. Our fall season is nine weeks long, starting the Sunday after Labor Day, and is open to U9-U14 teams. The Spring season is seven weeks, ending with the State Cups in May, and provides play for U9-U18 age groups.
We offer a league structure based solely on merit which is stable, consistent, predictable and comprehensible for all team. The structure allows all teams access and a chance to rise. MAPLE's three divisions do this by providing opportunity to the aspiring, competition for the developing, and challenge to the highly competitive.
MAPLE would have it's clubs:
Seek players on the basis of ability as distinct from residence, economy or ethnicity
Search out the gifted and untrained and develop them into players
Regard players in term of a youth career, not just a season
Recruit the finest coaches available to train their team
Take as part of their responsibility the development of officials, well as team
Such clubs will have given their players broad cultural, socio-economic and geographic experience of more enduring value than any trophy or prize. Youth with such opportunities and exposure will become more productive adults, and leaders of adults, as well as the next generation of youth.