Bolts Club History
Founded in 1986, Bolts is the oldest club in Massachusetts. The Club boasts a top level, professional coaching staff, recognized and respected nation-wide. Bolts players come from throughout eastern and central Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island. FC Greater Boston has gone through some changes to reflect the growth of the club outside of "greater Boston" into RI, Central and Western Mass and beyond as well as acknowledging our professional affiliate AS Roma.
Bolts players and alumni have represented numerous colleges and universities across the country, the US National Teams, and Major League Soccer, Bolts Alumni include: Miles Robinson former Syracuse defender, #2 MLS SuperDraft Generation Adidas pick with Atlanta United; Mac Steeves, Providence grad & #43 MLS SuperDraft pick with Houston Dynamo; Charlie Davies, US Soccer National Team & FC Sochaux Ligue 1 - France, MLS Philly Union retured in 2018; Sheanon Williams, U18 US National Team & former UNC Tar Heels player now with Vancouver Whitecaps; Mike Fucito Harvard grad and MLS San Jose player, Will Packwood U23 MNT player, among others. In January 2013, Charlie Rugg, former Bolts player was selected 19th overall in the MLS SuperDraft by LA Galaxy. In an unprecedented achievement, Bolts teams advanced out of the round robin and into the semi-finals in EVERY age group, U11 to 17 in the 2007 Massachusetts State Cup.
Bolts were one of the original eleven youth soccer clubs selected for the US Soccer Development Academy. The US Soccer Academy provides our players unprecedented training methods, and the ultimate exposure to college and US National Team coaches. After an extensive review process, the US Soccer Federation coaches hand selected the best clubs in the United States from among hundreds of applicants based on their record of high level youth development, history of success in major tournaments, and quality coaching staffs. Teams compete in the U12, U13, U14, U15, U16/17 and U18/19 age groups. Read more on the Development Academy.
In addition, the club has attracted an impressive coaching staff, such as former Bolts Technical Director and former US National Team star, Bruce Murray; England’s Ipswich legend, Paul Mariner; Former Revolution defensive Player of the Year, Francis Okaroh, and many others. Current coaching staff include college coaches from Boston College, Holy Cross, Boston University, Brandeis, MIT and more.
The club has been led by a series of recognized soccer figures, such as John Burrill, former Executive Director of Mass Youth Soccer; Ed Kelly, Head Men’s Coach at Boston College; John Kerr, who also is the Head Men’s Coach at Duke University; and current Executive Director of Coaching, Brian Ainscough.
Beginning with 4 girls teams, the club attracted the finest coaches and players in the Boston area, and rapidly grew to a coed club of national recognition. In 1994, the girls U19 Bolts captured the USYSA National Championship title, becoming the first and only girl’s team from Massachusetts to win the prestigious national title. In 2005, the boys U15 Bolts became the first and only Massachusetts boy’s team to be National Champions. In its tenure, Bolts teams have earned a spot of national prominence winning more state, regional and national cup competitions, and also other national and international showcase tournaments such as the Disney Showcase, Dallas Cup and Surf Cup, than any other Massachusetts team.
In addition to training 2–3 per week, Bolts teams compete in the local New England Premiership (NEP), Boys Elite Clubs National Leauge (ECNL) and U12 to U19 boys teams compete in the USSF Development Academy (USSDA). Older Bolts teams also compete in Showcase tournaments around the country. Bolts players and alumni play in college, Regional and National pools, and professionally in the US and internationally. Boston Bolts is a Nike Premier partner club.