The North East Soccer Association is a non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors under the auspices of the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association. NESA is a traveling soccer program serving the cities of Maplewood, North St. Paul, Oakdale and surrounding areas. It is our mission to promote, provide and teach soccer in the “Spirit of the Game.” FUN, FAIRNESS and SAFETY. We provide traveling soccer for players; boys and girls ages 9-19. We try to provide the best competition for all players at their level of play. Our traveling soccer teams compete against other soccer clubs within the East District of MYSA. The East District generally consists of teams from communities in the East Metro Area. Travel distances are within 15-45 minutes from Maplewood.
History of Soccer in Maplewood and NESA
In 1974 the Maplewood Parks and Recreation Department contacted Fred Abbott, a British immigrant and local resident, to assist them with developing a youth soccer program. The first sign up was held that fall and 17 players expressed an interest. These players recruited additional players and a league, comprised of three teams with 11 players each, was formed. In 1975 sign ups were held for the second season. The number of players more than doubled. In the next couple of years the number of players continued to increase as well as demand for more fields, coaches and referees. Finally in 1977 the Northeast Soccer Association was formed by Fred Abbott, Allan Eastwood and Gil Leiter to accommodate the growing demand for soccer in this area. Fred Abbott served as NESA’s first president. The role of NESA was to provide players with an opportunity to participate during the summer in traveling soccer. NESA sponsored two teams in 1977 and increase that number to four in NESA’s second year of existence. Within a few short years, NESA was sponsoring 16 traveling teams for the youth in the area. NESA plays its home games at the Hazelwood Soccer Complex, located in Maplewood. The complex is composed of 4 large soccer fields, with lights on one of the fields, and 3 smaller fields for the under 9,10 age level.