RICHMOND, Va. (October 13, 2014) –The Elite Clubs National League College Impact series catalogs the huge impact the ECNL has had on college women’s soccer in only five years of existence.  The College Impact in the Big 12 and the Pac-12 have already been released, and today the ECNL’s impact in the Big Ten is announced.  In only five years, ECNL alums have become 50% of the Big Ten freshman class, and more than 50% of the entire conference overall.  The Big Ten College Impact will continue to grow in the coming years, as 8 of 12 players in the 2013 Big Ten All-Freshman Team are ECNL alums.

Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” has become the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player.  The ECNL College Impact can be measured by the number of ECNL alumni 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.  This week, the ECNL examines the Big Ten Conference.

The Big Ten Conference now includes nearly half the country, from the Midwest all the way to the East Coast.  The Big Ten includes the University of Illinois, University of Indiana, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, Penn State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, and University of Wisconsin.  The ECNL College Impact for the Big Ten includes the past five freshman classes – the freshmen who began their college careers in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 collegiate athletic seasons.  In only five years of ECNL soccer:

  • 205 ECNL alumni are currently playing in the Big Ten Conference.
  • Nearly 53% of the players in the Big Ten Conference are ECNL alums.
  • There were 58 ECNL alums in the 2014 Big Ten freshman class, the second consecutive year the ECNL was 50% or more of the class.
  • The 2013 Big 10 All-Freshman Team includes eight ECNL alumni, and the 2013 Goalkeeper of the YearDefender of the Year, and Midfielder of the Yearare from ECNL clubs.

The ECNL is providing a highway to Big Ten college soccer – and the ECNL College Impact in the Big Ten is growing. 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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