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Ages 12-18

The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States by:

  • Improving the competitive environment through 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 top female youth soccer clubs by developing best practices for training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. 

In only 3 short years, the ECNL has become the most revolutionary organization in elite 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:

Kevin Dougherty

Girls Director








Ages 12-18

The Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded in 2017 to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, coaching, and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL includes both regular season conference games and cross-conference events. 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.  This includes 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. 

For detailed information about the ECNL and all its programs:

Matt Weiss

Boys ECNL Director

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