ECNL Brings Many of Nation’s Best Officials to National Events

RICHMOND, VA (July 27, 2017) – The 2017 ECNL National Finals, held July 7-8 in San Diego, CA, featured some of the most qualified referees in the nation officiating games being played at the country’s top level of youth female soccer. None were strangers to the ECNL and its level of competition, as they each worked multiple ECNL competitions throughout the year, in both ECNL Conference and ECNL National Event play, and were selected based on their performances.

Selection for the ECNL Finals was based upon performance reviews by National Evaluators and Professional Referee Organization (PRO) Referee Coaches onsite at every ECNL National Event. The selection pool was then reviewed and finalized by ECNL National Referee Director, Dick Triche, and invitations were extended to selected officials.

The ECNL works in conjunction with Officials Management Group (OMG) to assign and develop referees across the country, and with PRO and U.S. Soccer to provide referee development and education at ECNL National Events.  As the management organization for the referee and assistant referee program in the professional soccer leagues in both the United States and Canada, PRO provides some of the best referee development in the world.

“The partnership between PRO and ECNL has been hugely beneficial and gets stronger every year. By sending a senior member of our PRO staff to each ECNL event, the officials receive high quality and real-time coaching, while PRO is able to scout officials who are motivated to advance to the professional level.” Sandra Serafini, PRO Strategic Initiatives Manager said about the growing relationship between ECNL and PRO. “Several of the officials currently working at the professional level in PRO’s Development Group were put on the radar at ECNL events, which shows the high quality of play ECNL offers. We look forward to continuing and developing our partnership for the benefit of the officials, the ECNL, and PRO.”

“We believe that it is a responsibility of every youth league in the country to not only seek to raise standards for players and coaches, but also to work to help raise standards in officiating,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers.  “OMG, PRO, and Dick Triche have all played a huge role in raising referee standards in our league for several years, and we look forward to working with them in the future to continue making the ECNL a great place for referees to work, and a great resource and opportunity for referee development.”

“I am looking forward to the coming year as we expand the ECNL efforts to discover, encourage and mentor officials at the local club level. Officials will be invited to participate at ECNL National Events and receive more mentoring and coaching opportunities that they can bring to their local club games,” Dick Triche with Officials Management Group said about OMG and ECNL’s collaboration to development high-level referees.

Below are the three referee crews that officiated the 2017 ECNL Finals Championship games in the U15, U16 and U17 age groups.

The ECNL U15 National Final:
Referee: Andrea Jedele (College Station, Texas)
Assistant Referee: Vincent Di Nardo (Cypress, CA)
Assistant Referee: Nestor Reyes (Perris, CA)



The ECNL U16 National Final:
Referee: Karen De Leon (Panorama City, CA)
Assistant Referee: Laura Rodriguez (Houston, TX)
Assistant Referee: Kaitlyn Trowbridge (Austin, TX)

The ECNL U17 National Final:
Referee: Carlos Leyva (Indianapolis, IN)
Assistant Referee: Alyssa Pennington (Jackson, MS)
Assistant Referee: Marco Oregon (Houston, TX)

The entire list of officials who worked the 2017 ECNL Finals includes: Brent Brownell, Eric Crute, Karen De Leon, Ramiro Delgado, William Delgado, Vincent Di Nardo, David Guinn, Andrea Jedel, Carlos Leyva, Samantha Martinez, Yoel Miller, Brian Navarrete, Marco Oregon, Alyssa Pennington, Nestor Reyes, Laura Rodriguez, Yazmin Salas, Kaitlyn Trowbridge, Cynthia Vargas, Sean Wright and Magda Zwierzchowski.

Congratulations to all of the individuals on their selection to work the 2017 ECNL Finals, and for the quality of their work all season.


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.   |   Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL

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