Dear NESJ reader,
When we began planning New England Soccer Journal six years ago, we embarked on an ambitious goal of creating the best regional soccer publication in the nation.
Our company already was publishing five successful sports magazines — including our flagship New England Hockey Journal — and we knew the time was right to launch a soccer publication. With the sport’s increasing popularity and participation, we believed that there was a strong desire for more information and inspirational stories about New England’s soccer community.
So we assembled a dream team of sorts to provide the best coverage possible, including top Boston-based soccer writers Kyle McCarthy and Frank Dell’Apa, as well as legendary players and coaches such as Kristine Lilly and the late Tony DiCicco, who contributed frequently.
We were right. Readers like you have embraced New England Soccer Journal from its first days to now, and I simply cannot thank you enough. Your interest and your support — along with our advertising partners — have helped NESJ continually evolve, expand and improve.
Because of your valued support, I want to share with you some important updates about New England Soccer Journal.
First, over the past year, we have invested enormous resources to improve, upgrade and grow our coverage and our platforms, especially on the digital side. We overhauled and bulked up our digital edition with additional content on a near-daily basis that catered to our target audience of players and parents. Our investment in our digital coverage has been well received and helped produce dramatic results, including traffic from throughout North America and around the world, proving that the New England soccer community wants only more original content aimed at the amateur levels.
To best deliver that content, we just launched our new website at NESoccerJournal.com, a premium digital experience that will better showcase our new coverage and be far more reader-friendly. And we are making an even bigger investment in creating daily content that you can’t find anywhere else, especially on prep schools, the Development Academy, club soccer and colleges. With that, we also — for the first time — will be requiring readers to become paying subscribers.
Some content will remain free, but most of our content will be premium and available only to subscribers. Subscribers also will have access to the digital edition of the print magazine (including back issues). To try out our new site, we are offering a free preview for the first few weeks. All content will be accessible for free until Monday, Aug. 20.
Of course, we will continue to publish our best-in-class print magazine, featuring the best and most inspiring stories from around the region. The print magazine always has been distributed free at local training facilities, retailers and Revolution home games. As we continue to evolve for our committed readers, the print magazine soon will be available only at select locations. We already have begun a successful partnership program with local soccer organizations to distribute the magazine directly to their members’ homes. The only other way to ensure continuing to receive New England Soccer Journal will be to subscribe and have it delivered directly to your home or work.
With our new changes in print and digital, we are introducing three new membership plans with special offers good until Oct. 1:
ALL ACCESS (print and digital): Enjoy every print edition of NESJ delivered to your home, PLUS full access to all content on NESoccerJournal.com. $99.99 per year.
DIGITAL ONLY: Get full access to all content on NESoccerJournal.com. Special trial offer: $0.99 for the first month, then $9.99 per month. OR save 33 percent will an annual subscription for only $79.99 per year.
PRINT ONLY: Receive the print magazine delivered to your home. Special trial offer: $5.99 for the first three issues, then $34.99 per year.
The best way — and the best deal — to ensure access to everything NESJ has to offer, including the print edition, is to become an All Access member. Or simply check out our new website and new digital content with our trial offer for just 99 cents. Sign up today at NESoccerJournal.com/subscribe.
We hear from readers almost every day about how much they love and value New England Soccer Journal. And we’ve strived for six years to deliver great content to reach the most readers possible. With the appetite for even more content and our investment in creating it, I’m confident that readers like you will continue to support our efforts.
Our company’s mission is “to inspire and inform amateur athletes and their supporters by sharing compelling stories and insightful advice to help further their development throughout their careers.” I truly believe that our new direction is the best way to fulfill our mission and continue to provide you with the very best soccer coverage in New England. And I hope that you will continue to support NESJ and give our new digital coverage the attention it deserves.
We will continue to be the premier resource for inspiration, information and insight. We’ve come a long way in our first six years, but New England Soccer Journal is only just beginning.
New England Soccer Journal