Breakers partner with New England Football Club (NEFC)

(Dec. 22, 2015) - The Boston Breakers are pleased to announce today a youth club partnership with the New England Football Club (NEFC).

(Dec. 22, 2015) - The Boston Breakers are pleased to announce today a youth club partnership with the New England Football Club (NEFC).

The new partnership will bring more than 75 girls’ teams into the Breakers Family and provide a pathway to the Boston Breakers College Academy, reserve, and professional teams.

"We are partnering with one of best youth clubs in the region and a nationally recognized name in youth soccer," said Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard. "We sat with NEFC management and talked through what this would look like. It is something that really excites me, and to be working with the smart soccer and business people at NEFC will help make this one of the best clubs on a national level.”

NEFC joins the Breakers Family with an impressive track record. NEFC has won six National Championships during the last two years including the US Club Soccer NPL, US Club Soccer National Cup, and US Youth Soccer national titles. In addition, NEFC’s coaching staff includes multiple college coaches who provide comprehensive support for players navigating the college soccer recruiting process.

“We are very excited about our partnership with the Boston Breakers of the NWSL," said NEFC Director of Coaching Chris Hamblin. "The fusion of the NEFC Girl’s program with the Boston Breakers Academy will create unparalleled opportunities for the young female player in New England. These synergies will impact all of our girl’s programs from our youngest players to our college bound student-athletes and beyond. We are very much looking forward to working with Lee, Matt, and the entire Breakers staff.”
The partnership will see Boston Breakers professional players involved in team practice sessions as well as attending youth academy games. Likewise, the youth teams will be invited to Boston Breakers pro team training sessions and receive complimentary passes to Boston Breakers pro team games throughout the 2016 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season.

"I'm really excited for this partnership," said Matthew Beard, new Boston Breakers head coach, who also worked directly with the Liverpool FC women on the creation and success of their own youth academy. "Youth soccer means a lot to me, and it will be great to see so many young players get the opportunity to learn from and meet the Boston Breakers pro players. It will also be good for me to watch the next generation of Boston Breakers develop as soccer players"

The partnering organizations will be co-branded NEFC-Breakers given the tremendous reputations of both brands. All Elite teams will play as the Boston Breakers Academy and serve as a bridge between the youth program and the college, reserve and professional squads. 

NEFC has more than 120 boys and girls teams that are organized by geographic location and level of play. NEFC employs 23 full-time staff and more than 50 additional part time coaches. The 20-year history of the club has seen impressive growth in membership, staffing and competitive level of play. 
“Our mission statement is to ‘Develop players for the next level in an elite soccer environment,” said Brian Mazar, NEFC’s club president. “This partnership with the Boston Breakers Academy will now provide serious soccer players access to resources at one of the most professional youth soccer development programs in the Northeast.”

Mazar continued, “in addition to the Breakers partnership, NEFC - Breakers will expand the current regional model offering opportunities in both the North Shore and South Shore regions.”

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