2016-2017 Overall Club Champions & National Champions
RICHMOND, VA (July 17, 2017) – The ECNL Overall Club Championship is the most coveted award in the ECNL, as it recognizes consistent competitive excellence across every age group in the club over an entire year. The 2016-17 ECNL Season brings back a previous winner of the award, as the Michigan Hawks claim this incredible accomplishment for the second time in three years.
The Hawks claimed three Midwest Conference Championships this season, at U15, U16 and U18/U19, and had no team finish lower than third in one of the most difficult conferences in the country. Overall, the club qualified all 5 age groups for the top tier of the ECNL post-season, and it was in the post-season where the Hawks made their biggest statement yet.
The Michigan Hawks U15 and U17 teams both advanced to the ECNL Final Four in San Diego, where the U17 team was crowned ECNL National Champions. The ECNL U18/U19 team earned gold in Rockford, following up on their 2015-16 championship at U17, becoming an exceptionally rare back-to-back ECNL National Champion.
ECNL Crowns 2016-2017 Champions League National Champions
Congratulations to the teams that won the 2016-2017 ECNL Champions League National Championship! The ECNL Champions League is the most difficult and demanding female youth soccer competition in the world, requiring consistent performance at the highest levels throughout the entire year. Teams that win the ECNL Champions League have proven over 12 months to be the best teams in American female youth soccer. The 2016-2017 National Champions are:
- U14 – Solar Chelsea SC
- U15 – So Cal Blues SC
- U16 – FC Dallas
- U17 – Michigan Hawks
- U18/U19 – Michigan Hawks
The ECNL Final Four in San Diego, California was a tremendous event, made possible through the work and dedication of a tremendous staff and many different partners. A special thank you goes out to Surf Cup Sports Park and Maverick Sports for their support of the 2016-2017 ECNL National Finals!
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 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.
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