The ECNL was founded in 2009 as a nation-wide youth soccer league geared toward the elite female soccer player. It was formed 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.

The ECNL has four primary platforms:

  • Competition: The competition platform is comprised of eight 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.
  • Player Identification: The ECNL Player Identification Program is intended to provide a better, more efficient, and streamlined process for identifying players with the potential to play with the US Soccer Youth National Teams, and to provide additional exposure and opportunity to top players across the ECNL. The ECNL Player ID Program identifies the top players in the ECNL and then provides opportunities for these players to be seen and trained by U.S. Soccer National Team staff.
  • Club and Coach Development Platform: ECNL Coaching Development Initiative (CDI) consists of educational seminars put on by various staff, each scheduled around an existing ECNL National Ongoing education is a key part of being a professional, and is an expectation of being a member of the top girls developmental league in the country.
  • E.R. Platform: H.E.R. is an acronym for “Health & Education Resources” and is a platform designed to provide information, tools, and opportunity for female athletes.

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