The Girls ECNL Welcomes Pacific Northwest Soccer Club as a New Member Club for the 2018-19 Season
RICHMOND, VA (April 16, 2018) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Pacific Northwest Soccer Club will be joining the Girls ECNL beginning in the 2018-2019 ECNL Season. The Girls ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.
Formed in 2012 from a merger of Greater Renton FC and Dos FC, Pacific Northwest Soccer Club features more than 70 teams and 1,100 players. The club trains and plays games at the world-class Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA, which doubles as the training home for Seattle Sounders FC. Over the past three years, the club has had nearly 100 girls’ players commit to play college soccer, with several players called into the U.S. Girls Youth National Team camps at the U16-U18 level.
“I am honored that our club has been selected to join the Girls ECNL,” Girls Director of Coaching Malia Arrant said. “The ECNL’s professional and collaborative approach match our club’s philosophy, and I am excited for our female players to participate in the quality competition and exposure opportunities that the ECNL offers.”
The Girls ECNL is the nation’s top development and competition platform for female soccer players, with conference competition in six age groups (U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and unmatched collegiate exposure through the ECNL National Events, the largest collegiate showcases in the country. In addition to the competition platform, the Girls ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players in every conference, unique coaching education and club development programs, and player health and education resources.
“We are excited to welcome Pacific Northwest Soccer Club into the Girls ECNL this coming fall,” said ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The club’s history, overall philosophy and leadership will make them a great addition to the Northwest Conference.”
Pacific Northwest Soccer Club will begin formal competition in the Girls ECNL in August 2018. Additional new clubs will be announced in the Girls ECNL in the coming weeks.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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 Girls ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.