ECNL releases new “National Team Camp Player Safety Policy”

RICHMOND, VA (November 19, 2012):  The ECNL is proud to release a new National Team Camp Player Safety Policy for all ECNL Member Clubs.

The ECNL created the National Team Camp Player Safety Policy solely to benefit and protect the players. It provides guidelines for training and competition for youth players invited into U.S. Soccer Youth National Team camps in the days immediately before and after the camp.

“The most important goal of the policy is to reduce the risk of injury that occurs when players play in competition immediately after a grueling 7-9 day camp,” said Christian Lavers, ECNL President.  “The second goal of the policy is to help insure that these players have the best possible chance to perform to their potential during camp by entering it healthy and fresh – not tired or with a recent injury.”

The policy is intended to insure that invited ECNL players enter US Soccer Youth National Team camps healthy and fresh, and to prevent potential injuries that could occur if the players participated in ECNL competition shortly after the camp concludes.

“We appreciate ECNL’s leadership and cooperation in supporting the youth national team players involved in our programs,” said Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer Developmental Director. “Working together for the benefit of player safety is an important step forward in the youth game.”

To view the ECNL’s new National Team Camp Player Safety Policy, click here.


About the ECNL:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The ECNL was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) 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 (iii) 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 sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.