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Elite Club National League

ELITE CLUB NATIONAL LEAGUE

    OUR - BOYS SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

    1 - ARIZONA ARSENAL - ARIZONA

    2 - ARSENAL FC -CALIFORNIA

    3 - BEACH FC - CALIFORNIA

    4 - DEL MAR CARMEL VALLEY - CALIFORNIA

    5 - FC GOLDEN STATE EAST - CALIFORNIA

    6 - FC GOLDEN STATE WEST - CALIFORNIA 

    7 - FC TUCSON - ARIZONA 

    8 - HEAT FC - NEVADA

    9 - LA BREAKERS - CALIFORNIA

    10 - LA SURF - CALIFORNIA 

    11 - LEGENDS FC - CALIFORNIA

    12 - PETEADORES - CALIFORNIA

    13 - PHOENIX RISING - ARIZONA

    14 - RSL - ARIZONA 

    15 - REAL SO CAL - CALIFORNIA

    16 - SAN DIEGO SC - CALIFORNIA 

    17 - SAN DIEGO SURF - CALIFORNIA 

    18 - SLAMMERS FC - CALIFORNIA 

    19 - STRIKERS FC - CALIFORNIA 

    20 - WEST COAST FC - CALIFORNIA

    OUR - GIRLS SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

    1 - ARIZONA ARSENAL - ARIZONA

    2 - ARSENAL FC -CALIFORNIA

    3 - DEL MAR SHARKS - CALIFORNIA

    4 - EAGLES SC - CALIFORNIA

    5 - HEAT FC - NEVADA

    6 - LA BREAKERS - CALIFORNIA

    7 - LAFC SLAMMERS - CALIFORNIA 

    8 - PHOENIX RISING - ARIZONA

    9 - REBELS SC - CALIFORNIA

    10 - SLAMMERS FC - CALIFORNIA 

    11 - SO CAL BLUES SC - CALIFORNIA

    12 - STRIKERS FC - CALIFORNIA 

     

    About Boys ECNL

    The Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the Boys ECNL will advance to the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs.

    The Boys ECNL is based on the values of grass-roots collaboration and innovation, and supports the independence and freedom of coaches and clubs to fully manage the development path for their players, including the system and style of play, the competitive calendar, and all aspects of the development path. The Boys ECNL will raise standards in training, competition, club organization, and coaching in a holistic development program.

    The Boys ECNL is led by a Board of Directors elected by the member clubs.

    BOYS ECNL History

    2017-2018: Inaugural Boys ECNL Season
    The inaugural Boys ECNL season, August 2017 to July 2018, included 57 of the top boys soccer clubs throughout the country, with more than 9,000 players participating in Boys ECNL competition in the U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/U19 age groups.  The first season featured three National Events held in Florida, California and Pennsylvania.  The Boys ECNL participated in the Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Post Season, which is run by US Club Soccer.  The Playoffs held in San Diego, CA (West) and Boston, MA (East) and the Finals held in Colorado.  Four out of the five ENPL National Champions were Boys ECNL teams. 

    2018-2019: Boys ECNL Season
    In it’s second season, 2018-19, the Boys ECNL saw several changes. The Boys ECNL added fourteen of the top boys clubs from around the country, bringing the total number of ECNL member clubs to 71. Each of the 71 member clubs had a Boys ECNL team in the U14 through U18/U19 age groups.  The Boys ECNL offered four National Events: Oklahoma, Florida, California and Pennsylvania.  The ENPL Playoffs was held in Rockford, IL under the Elite National Premier League (ENPL), which is run by US Club Soccer, with the ENPL Finals being held in Colorado.  Seven of the ten teams participating in the ENPL Finals were Boy ECNL teams, four of which were crowned ENPL National Champions.  

    About GIRLS ECNL

    The GIRLS ECNL is an independent, non-profit, member-based 501(c)(3) organization, with an independent governance and leadership structure. The ECNL Board of Directors and staff solely governs all programs and platforms. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.

    MISSION: To “Raise the Game” by elevating standards and experience in all aspects of female youth soccer.

    IMPLEMENTATION: The ECNL four primary platforms to accomplish its mission:

    GIRLS ECNL History

    The ECNL was founded in 2009 by forward-thinking Directors of Coaching across the country who saw a need for change in and special commitment to improving the daily environment for American elite female youth soccer players.  These Directors came together and collaborated to build what would become the top female youth development platform in the world.  The grass roots leadership and cooperation was unprecedented in American youth soccer, and the ECNL continues to be the most progressive and innovative development platform in the country.

    2009-2010: Inaugural ECNL Season
    The inaugural ECNL season, August 2009 to July 2010, included 40 of the top girls soccer clubs throughout the country, with more than 2,000 players participating in ECNL competition in the U15, U16, and U17 age groups. Teams competed in one of two competitive flights (the “A Flight” or the “B Flight”) for the ECNL National Championship, the ECNL Club National Championship, and promotion and relegation between the flights. Each team played nine regular season games within their division for placement going into the ECNL National Championship. Games were played at five different ECNL National Showcase Events held throughout the country, and all participating teams came together for the first annual ECNL National Championship in Seattle, WA in July 2010.

    2010-2011
    In its second season, 2010-11, the ECNL saw several changes. The ECNL added twelve of the top girls clubs from around the country, bringing the total number of ECNL member clubs to 52, and expanded to include the U18 age group. Each of the 52 member clubs had an ECNL team in the U15 through U18 age groups. In total, each team played roughly 16 games. The ECNL schedule expanded to include regional competition to supplement the existing ECNL National Showcase Events, and the ECNL National Championships were held in Aurora, CO in July. By adding more age groups and more high-quality ECNL games, the ECNL took steps that allowed the member clubs to increase the quality of games played while reducing the overall number of games on their calendar, increase the training time for their players, and expand the developmental opportunities provided by this platform into more age groups.

    2011-2012
    In the third season, 2011-12, the ECNL again expanded to include the nation’s elite 66 female soccer clubs, an enhanced scouting and player identification structure, accessible club administrative, coaching, and scouting education opportunities, and an improved season structure that includes the U14 age group. Most importantly, the ECNL expanded the competition platform to approximately 30 games per team. By focusing solely on the elite competition within the ECNL, these clubs will be able to provide an improved environment with a better training-to-game ratio and more demanding and consistent competition. The 2011-12 ECNL season has three parts which provide the competitive platform for over 5,000 games to be played:

    1- ECNL Conference and Cross-Conference Competitions;
    2- ECNL National Event Competitions; and
    3- ECNL National Championships.

    2012-2013
    In the fourth season of the ECNL, 2012-13, signs began to show that the league was maturing and getting close to its full size.  Expansion was limited, as only 7 clubs were added to reach a total of 73 clubs.  Conference play became the dominant portion of the ECNL schedule, with conference results determining qualification for the ECNL post-season.  This was a change from previous seasons.  The top 32 teams in the ECNL, based on conference games and limited wildcards, qualified for the ECNL Champions League post-season playoffs.  The next best 32 teams in the ECNL qualified for the ECNL North American Cup play-offs.  Both play-offs were contested in Aurora, CO, with the top 8 teams in each competition qualifying for the ECNL Finals.  The inaugural ECNL Finals were played in Richmond, VA where the winners of the ECNL Champions League were crowned the ECNL National Champions.  The winners of the ECNL North American Cup were crowned Cup Champions.

    2013-2014
    In the fifth season, 2013-14, the ECNL experienced a small expansion, with only 3 clubs added to bring the total number of ECNL member clubs to 76. While there was limited conference re-alignment, the competition structure generally remained the same as the 2012-2013 season.  The 2014 ECNL Playoffs (where the Champions League and North American Cup qualifiers will compete) were played in Seattle, WA in late June – bringing the league full circle to its humble beginnings in 2009.  The winners of each playoff group advanced to the ECNL Finals, again held in Richmond, VA.

    2014-2015
    In the sixth season, 2014-15, the competition structure changed with the additions of the Showcase Cup, rounding out the ECNL Playoffs with three tiers: Champions League, North American Cup and Showcase Cup.  The Champions League structure remained the same as years past, while both the North American Cup and Showcase Cup were set up as knockout style brackets, with 16 teams competing in each for a chance to be crowned champion in Seattle, WA.  The winners of each playoff group in the Champions League advanced to the ECNL Finals, held in Richmond, VA for the third year.

    2015-2016
    In the seventh season, 2015-16, the ECNL expanded to 79 member clubs, with limited conference re-alignment.  The competition structure remained the same for the ECNL Playoffs with three tiers: Champions League, North American Cup and Showcase Cup.  The Champions League structure changed slightly with the addition of the quarterfinal game at the ECNL Playoffs, while both the North American Cup and Showcase Cup stayed the same with knockout style brackets, with 16 teams competing in each for a chance to be crowned champion in Oceanside, CA.  The winners of each quarterfinal game in the Champions League advanced to the ECNL Final Four, held in Germantown, MD.

    2016-2017
    In the eighth season, 2016-17, the ECNL expanded to 84 member clubs, with limited conference re-alignment. The competition structure remained the same for the ECNL Playoffs with three tiers: Champions League, North American Cup and Showcase Cup. Both the North American Cup and Showcase Cup stayed the same with knockout style brackets, with 16 teams competing in each for a chance to be crowned champion in Rockford, IL. The winners of each Champions League quarterfinal game advanced to the ECNL Final Four, held in San Diego, CA.  

    2017-2018
    In the ninth season, 2017-18, the ECNL consisted of 80 member clubs, with limited conference re-alignment. The competition structure remained the same for the ECNL Playoffs with three tiers: Champions League, North American Cup and Showcase Cup, with the U14 division expanding in the Champions League format to 32 teams in the post season. Both the North American Cup and Showcase Cup stayed the same with knockout style brackets, with 16 teams competing in each for a chance to be crowned champion in Seattle, WA. The winners of each Champions League quarterfinal game advanced to the ECNL Final Four, held in Richmond, VA.  

    2018-2019
    In the tenth season, 2018-19, the ECNL consisted of 89 member clubs, with limited conference re-alignment. The competition structure remained the same for the ECNL Playoffs with three tiers: Champions League, North American Cup and Showcase Cup, with the U14 division expanding in the Champions League format to 32 teams in the post season. Both the North American Cup and Showcase Cup stayed the same with knockout style brackets, with 16 teams competing in each for a chance to be crowned champion in San Diego, CA. The winners of each Champions League quarterfinal game advanced to the ECNL Final Four, held in Richmond, VA.  In addition, the ECNL expanded the post season to include both the U13 division and the U18/U19 Composite division.  The U13 division included 16 teams, following the same format as the U18/U19 division.  The ECNL U18/U19 Composite division is an optional division that saw six teams advance from five eligible conferences.  The first ECNL U13 National Champion and first ECNL U18/U19 Composite Champion were crowned in San Diego, CA. 

    Competition Platform

    The competition platform is comprised of regional conferences and tiered levels of national competition to allow the best match-ups across the league. The ECNL also hosts National Events across the country to give member clubs the opportunity to compete against non-conference teams.  The ECNL competition platform is includes the following:

    • 610 ECNL Teams
    • 89 ECNL Member Clubs
    • 8 Conferences
    • 33 States
    • 10 PDP events
    • 6 National Events
    • 2 Post-Season Events
    • 1 National Training Camp

    Player Selection

    ECNL Conference Selection Program:  The ECNL Conference Selection Program (formerly named PDP) is intended to provide a better, more efficient, and streamlined process for identifying players, and to provide additional exposure and opportunity to top players across the ECNL. The ECNL Conference Selection Program identifies the top players in the ECNL. The ECNL Conference Selection Program was created under 4 key principles:

    • Players should be scouted and evaluated in their regular environment.
    • There should be no additional cost to players for scouting and identification.
    • To insure accurate evaluations, multiple people should evaluate players over multiple events.
    • To insure accurate evaluations, the coaches that train and develop the identified players should be consulted as the best source of information regarding overall ability, mentality, and current form.

    By scouting players in their regular team environment, while they are competing against the best players in the country, the ECNL Conference Selection Program increases opportunities for identified players at no additional cost to the players. The program also does not add congestion to the player calendar by requiring multiple levels of “try-outs” and other competitions to identify players.

    ECNL scouts are assigned to observe and analyze ECNL games at each ECNL National Showcase Event. A standardized evaluation program has been established by the ECNL for these scouts whereby identified players will be evaluated on a variety of technical, tactical, physical, and psychological characteristics based upon their performances.  ECNL scouts include coaches from member clubs of the ECNL, independent coaches, coaches with experience with US Soccer Youth National Teams, and coaches from top Division I, II, and III colleges.

    The ECNL Player Identification Programs are sanctioned as Olympic Development Programs (ODP) via US Club Soccer’s id2 and Player Development Programs.

    H.E.R. Platform

    H.E.R. is an acronym for “Health & Education Resources.”

    H.E.R. platform is designed to provide information, tools, and opportunity for female athletes.

    Amazing Young Women is the lifestyle we should all aspire to live.

    H.E.R. Platform includes: 

    • Coaching Program: The H.E.R. Coaching Program will provide resources and opportunities to ECNL alumni entering the coaching profession, and to female coaches within ECNL clubs.  The program will include education, information, and mentoring components.
    • The Zone: “The Zone” is the ECNL’s Player Rejuvenation Center onsite at all ECNL National Events.  The Zone provides immediate nutrition / hydration replacement, stretching and massage, injury treatment, and more.  Opportunities to engage with the athletes in person and online are incorporated within the program.
    • Online Resource Center (AmazingYoungWomen.com): In a world where information is abundant, it is often difficult to delineate good information from bad. The AmazingYoungWomen.com website provides an interactive, engaging experience offering top quality information, to educate female athletes on what it takes to be the best and inspiring them to become the best.  Topics include nutrition, health, leadership, character development, and more.

    More programs are being added to H.E.R. every day!