ECNL players are scouted and evaluated at every ECNL National Showcase. The scouting information is combined with additional recommendations from Directors of Coaching and other respected coaches across the country to identify players that are invited to participate in the ECNL Player Development Program events.
Every ECNL Conference has a Player Development Program (PDP) event at least 1 time per year.
ECNL PDP events provide an opportunity for the top players within every ECNL Conference to play with and against the best players within their region at multiple age groups, and to attend presentations from leading coaches or experts in elite athlete development. ECNL PDPs are created with three primary goals:
(i) Identify the top players within each ECNL Conference at multiple age groups;
(ii) Provide a developmental experience; and
(iii) Recognize and reward individual performance and achievement.
ECNL Player Development Programs are operated in conjunction with US Club Soccer’s id2 Player Development Program
, and are sanctioned by the US Olympic Committee as Olympic Development Programs.
A typical ECNL PDP event occurs over two days and includes three training sessions/matches and a presentation for the players. All players also receive Nike training gear to keep. The ECNL covers all costs of participation in the ECNL PDP event, excluding travel costs.