Background
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;
  • Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players 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. 

The ECNL is the most innovative, player-centric organization in female youth soccer, the best competitive environment in the history of female youth soccer, and the most robust player identification, scouting and recruiting platform in the country.

For detailed information about the ECNL and all its programs, please go to www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com.  

The Nation's Best Collegiate Recruiting Platform

To get the opportunity to play college soccer, you need to be seen as a youth player playing against the best players in the country.  Coaches want to see the best against the best, because it is the only way to get an accurate assessment of performance and potential.

The ECNL operates the 6 biggest college showcase events in the country.  Each showcase attracts coaches from over 200 universities across the country - from every region, and from every level.  The only teams that play in these events are ECNL teams.  The competition is the best against the best, in the most prominent and prestigious environment in the country.

Below are examples of the college recruiting exposure provided to FC Wisconsin players in the ECNL.  Below is just one example of many of the colleges that watched at least one game of one FC Wisconsin team at one ECNL event:

ECNL National Showcase Event in Sanford, Florida:  Amherst College, Anderson University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Auburn University, Baylor University, Birmingham Southern College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon, Central Michigan University, Clarke University, Clemson University, College of Saint Rose, Colorado College, Columbus State University, Cornell University, Drake University, Florida Southern Unversity, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, High Point University, Indiana State University, Iowa State University, Jacksonville University, Lee University, LSU, Marquette University, Mercer University, Miami University - Ohio, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State University, Presbyterian College, Purdue University, Queens University of Charlotte, Rhodes College, Rice University, Rutgers University, Sam Houston State University, Samford University, SMU, St. Edwards University, Tennessee Tech, University of Alabama, University of Alabama-University, University of Arkansas, University of Central Florida, University of Georgia, University of Houston, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Memphis, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, University of Montevallo, University of North Florida, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, University of Texas - El Paso, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech University, Virginia Tech, Washington State University, West Virginia University, Western Kentucky University, William & Mary, Xavier University.

 

ECNL Players in US Soccer Youth National Teams

The role played by the ECNL and ECNL clubs in developing nationally elite players is clear even in US Soccer’s Youth National Teams - where ECNL players are the clear majority of participants.  Below are the rosters of the most recent US Soccer National Team Camps:

U14 Girls National Pool – October 2014 Camp: 29 ECNL players out of 35

U15 Girls National Team – September 2015: 19 ECNL players out of 24

U16 Girls National Team - September 2015: 18 ECNL players out of 24

U17 Girls National Team – September 2015: 17 ECNL players out of 24

U18 Girls National Team – September 2015: 16 ECNL players out of 20

The ECNL is also a close partner with US Soccer in various player development initatives.  US Soccer Technical Director April Heinrichs has recognized the value the ECNL plays in helping US Soccer identify players and improve the game:

“A fun thing about coming back to U.S. Soccer is that there are so many important partners. These partners are critical for our success. We talk about how vital partners are to us. We only have our (national team) players one week out of so many weeks depending on the time of year and the cycle and the specific youth national team. As critical as we think our programming is, we see a huge shot in the arm in their performance when we work with them, but it doesn’t take much to remind ourselves that their daily development is back at home. We’re depending on those coaches for us to have players who can play 90 minutes and who are good soccer players. In that regard, ECNL has been a great partner for us. They are very open to feedback from us and our interaction with scouting players, coaching education initiatives and that kind of thing. They basically took a great model (Development Academy) and mirrored it, without any of the resources that U.S.  Soccer puts toward the DA.  They’ve mirrored it with some good leaders who believed it was the right thing to do, and in a short time they’ve built it into something very good to compete in." 

 

 


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