ECNL Member Clubs Affirm Membership

RICHMOND, VA (July 12, 2016) – The Elite Clubs National League concluded its seventh season this past weekend in Germantown, MD, crowning National Champions at the U15, U16 and U17 age groups in the 2016 ECNL Final Four.  As the 2015-16 season ends, the league is already preparing for a fantastic 2016-17 season and beyond.

The changes in the development and competition landscape that have been spurred by the ECNL over the past seven years are continuing at an even higher pace.  As the youth landscape continues to evolve, the league will continue to maintain the highest standards in competition, performance and other areas for its member clubs.  This commitment includes ensuring that all clubs in the league meet these standards each year, and that each member club is committed and able to meet or exceed them moving forward.  This determination is made based on an objective review of each club’s past performance, club depth and strength, and additional factors and unique circumstances of each club.

After initiating this review process, and in discussions with leadership of top performing clubs, the ECNL has approved the membership of the below listed clubs at this time, and each club has re-affirmed its membership in the ECNL in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.  The ECNL will continue to review other clubs’ eligibility for membership.

  • Crossfire Premier
  • Dallas Sting
  • Dallas Texans
  • Eclipse Select Soccer Club
  • FC Stars of Massachusetts
  • Michigan Hawks
  • PDA
  • Real Colorado
  • San Diego Surf
  • Slammers FC
  • So Cal Blues SC

“The Michigan Hawks are committed to participating in the ECNL moving forward.  Over the last five years, the ECNL has provided all of our players and coaches a fantastic platform of competition, and an environment that has driven player development.  We have improved and grown immensely as a club because of the league, and are excited to have the league as a part of our club programming for many years to come.”

-Michigan Hawks Director of Coaching, Doug Landefeld

“PDA is very proud to be part of the ECNL, and will continue to be part of the league in the future. The ECNL has had a positive impact at PDA, from staff development, player development, as well as coaching education. The influence of the ECNL can be felt at every level within our club, and we are excited to be a part of the future.”

-PDA Girls Director of Coaching, Mike O’Neill

“The ECNL has played a significant role in the growth and development of Real Colorado.  We look forward to the continuing challenge to raise the standards of our club, compete with top clubs in the country and strive for excellence the ECNL environment provides and demands.”

-Real Colorado Chief Operating Officer, Jared Spires

The ECNL has led and transformed female youth soccer in the past seven years, and the league will continue to do so moving forward.  As the mission to RAISE THE GAME continues, the league will continue to support its clubs, and continue the ongoing assessment of each club’s ability to maintain the highest standards in the league.


ABOUT THE 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 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