RICHMOND, VA (September 29, 2014) –The Elite Clubs National League was created in 2009 with the mission to enhance the developmental experience of the best female youth soccer players in the United States, and by doing so improve and raise the level of female soccer at all levels.  In only 5 years, the ECNL has quickly grown to become the top youth female league in the world.

While the impact of the ECNL is primarily felt at youth levels, the ECNL has had a significant and growing impact on every level of the sport.  ECNL players cover US Soccer youth national team rosters, and even more ECNL alums are now dominating the Division I college soccer landscape.

The ECNL mission condensed into three words is “Elevate the Game.” Since 2009, it has provided the opportunity for more players to reach their dreams on and off-the field.  On-the field, the “ECNL player” has become the epitome of the next generation of collegiate soccer players.

The ECNL is introducing “ECNL College Impact.”  The ECNL College Impact can be measured by the number of ECNL alums that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and the increase in this number every year since the league’s inception.  The ECNL College Impact highlights the ECNL’s effect on collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States – and begins with the Big 12 Conference.

The Big 12 Conference stretches from Texas to Iowa, and east to West Virginia.  The Big 12 includes Baylor University, Iowa State, Kansas University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, and West Virginia University. 1

The ECNL College Impact for the Big 12 includes the past 5 freshman classes – the freshman who began their college careers in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 collegiate athletic seasons.  In only 5 years of the ECNL:

  • 149 ECNL alumni are currently playing in the Big 12 Conference.
  • Nearly 60% of the players in the Big 12 Conference are ECNL alums.
  • The number of ECNL alums in the Big 12 freshman class has grown every year – to 51 players in 2014’s class.
  • The percentage of ECNL players in the Big 12 freshman class consistently grew from 46% of the class in 2011, to 65% of the freshman class in 2014.
  • 7 Players on the 2013 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team are ECNL alumni.
  • 9 Players on the 2013 Big 12 First Team and Second Team are ECNL alumni.

The ECNL is providing the most consistent platform to Big 12 college soccer – and the impact of the ECNL in the Big 12 is growing every year.  The ECNL is more than four letters.  It is a representation of the best platform and program for female soccer in the United States.  Beyond that, the ECNL is representative of the vision and goals of the best clubs, teams, and players in the country.  The ECNL is the aspirational focus for elite female athletes.  Join the ECNL, and start your journey to the school of your dreams.


About Elite Clubs National League:  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: (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.   |   Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL

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1  9/30/2014 – Texas A&M was not included in the 2014 data.