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About the Elite Clubs National League ("ECNL")

 

MISSION:  

The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through:

  • Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights;

  • Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and

  • Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. Ãƒ¢€‹

GOAL:

The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model.

ACTION PLAN (Summary): 

To accomplish this goal, the ECNL developed a common organizational structure, composed of individual clubs operating collectively under the direction of a commissioner. Because the ECNL exists to promote the common interest of its member clubs, the ECNL operating model is unified and comprehensive and values accessibility and sustainability. The ECNL utilizes four primary delivery mechanisms, or platforms, for “Changing the Daily Environment:

  1. The Competition Platform;

  2. The Player Identification Platform;

  3. The Club and Coach Development Platform, and​

  4. The HER Platform (a female-specific health, wellness, and rejuvenation platform).

* The ECNL is a tax-exempt 501c(3) organization. 

 

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

BOYS ECNL ADDED


The Boys ECNL has recently announced the initial clubs selected into their Northeast Conference. The conference will kick-off competition in the 2017-2018 season in a ground-breaking moment for boys’ soccer across the country as a qualifying conference for the ENPL (Elite National Premier League). Founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a holistic and collaborative club-based development program, the Boys ECNL will feature regular season conference competition and regular season cross conference events / showcases for its member clubs. Qualifying teams, based on regular season performance, will advance to the post-season championship of the ENPL, along with qualifiers from various National Premier Leagues across the country.The Northeast Conference will feature competition in 6 age groups: U13 (Pre-ECNL) U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19. Teams will be placed in geographical divisions, playing approximately 14-16 conference games, with additional 3-6 games in cross-conference regular season events depending on age group. Scheduling will allow for players to participate in high school soccer, and clubs will be empowered to play the style and system of play they deem best for their players.


 

GIRLS ECNL WEBSITE   BOYS ECNL WEBSITE