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Elite Clubs National League

Elite Club National League (ECNL)

We are delighted to announce that starting in August 2017 Elite Girls Academy teams will begin competing as part of the Elite Club National League (ECNL). The ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.

“We are very excited that EGA will be bringing the ECNL platform to the best female soccer players in Nebraska,” said President Christian Lavers.  “EGA has developed great players and teams that play with great style, and their philosophy and mission is totally consistent with the ECNL mission.”

EGA Technical Director Marcus Kelcher said, “The ECNL will provide our players with the ultimate developmental platform and will allow us even greater college recruiting exposure opportunities moving forward.  Since 2009 the ECNL has set the absolute standard for elite level soccer on the girls’ side of the game, and we believe the bar set by the ECNL will only continue to raise the game for elite level female players for years to come.”

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: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

The full announcement can be read here:

About the Elite Clubs National League

The ECNL is a national youth soccer league for girls founded in 2009 for the U14-U19 age groups.  The purpose of the league is to provide the highest level of competition and the best developmental environment for the American female youth soccer player.  Furthermore, the league serves as an identification platform for both college programs and US Youth National Teams.

Mission: The Elite Clubs National League, Inc. (“ECNL”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member based organization founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of the female youth soccer players in the United States through:

  • Improving the competitive environment through the 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 the top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and organizational guidlines for its member clubs

Goal: The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for the elite female soccer player in the United States through innovation, 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: The ECNL is led by a BOD elected by the member clubs.  Day to day operations are managed by the ECNL Executive Director and ECNL Commissioner.  The ECNL has four primary platforms:

The Competition Platform:

ECNL Conference & Cross Conference Games: Every ECNL member club has been placed into one of eight regional conferences for regular season play.  All five age groups will play every team in their conference both home and away and then will also play 2-4 cross conference games against other regional opponents.  In total, each team in the ECNL is scheduled to play 15-18 conference or cross conference games per year.

ECNL National Showcase Event Games: In addition to the conference and cross conference games, there are five ECNL National Showcase Events throughout the year where participating teams play 3 games at each event.   These games are key to determining the ECNL National Champions at each age group.  ECNL National Showcase Events are the largest collegiate recruiting events in the country (drawing more then 200 different college programs to each event) and are scouted by US National Team Staff.

The Player Identification Platform:

The ECNL Player Identification Platform (ECNL Player ID) was launched in 2009 to provide a better, more efficient, and streamlined process for the identification of players with the potential to play at the YNT level.  The ECNL Player ID Platform provides scouts the opportunity to identify the top players within the ECNL in order to allow these players opportunities to be coached and trained by US National Team Staff.

The Club & Coach Development Platform:

In the 2012-2013 season, the ECNL launched the ECNL Coaching Development Initiative (CDI) in conjunction with the Coaching Education Department of US Soccer.  The CDI’s were held at 4 different ECNL National Event, and featured a full day of coaching education in the class room and on the field for ECNL Directors and staff.  The purpose of the CDI’s are to share best practices in youth development across all ECNL clubs, align training methodologies with US Soccer curriculum, and improve the level of coaching within the United States.

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

By launching a female-specific health, wellness and rejuvenation platform, HER Platform (or HER Experience), the ECNL is showing its continued commitment to creating the best environment for developing the next generation of American elite female soccer players.  HERS is a high impact delivery mechanism tool designed to extend the reach of critical sport-science based research, education, and resource dispersal.  It includes live activation at all ECNL National Events, and online component, supported by a social media push and online portal.  The goals are:

  1. Develop the most superior, comprehensive, and accessible health, wellness, and rejuvenation experience and resource for the nations elite female youth soccer players; and
  2. Inspire female athletes to perform at their best everyday.

The HER Platform includes

  1. HER Health, Wellness, Rejuvenation Advisory Council: The ECNL had a vision and the HER Advisory Council will help bring clarity and guidance on HER platform growth, direction, and development.  The ECNL is identifying and engaging the top experts within the Sports-Science vertical, in hopes of bringing together the fields best as the founding HERS Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council will have an impactful role in matters pertaining to the strategic development, direction and implementation of HER Platform. 
  2. HER Event Activation through ECNL Player Rejuvenation Centers: Player Rejuvenation Center will be onsite at all ECNL National Event Competitions. Offering a huge benefit to the players.  Player Rejuvenation Centers are a unique concept; no other league in any sport offers this platform.  Envision an area, onsite at an ECNL National Event Competition, where ECNL teams progress through immediate nutrition / hydration replacement, stretching session, cold pool and out, etc.  The idea is to create an irresistible atmosphere, where such unique experience is had that participants go home and further interact with the online component.