LAFC Slammers Joins ECNL for the 2018-19 Season
RICHMOND, VA (June 21, 2018) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that LAFC Slammers will join the league for the 2018-19 season. LAFC Slammers will join their sister club Slammers FC and more than 80 other “All-In” clubs, to place the ECNL as the aspirational training and development environment for all female players within the club, and at the top of their competitive pyramid.
As a new club, the individual and team performances of LAFC Slammers over the past year have quickly distinguished the club as one of the top developmental programs in the country, with both fantastic team success and multiple individual players making their mark in youth national teams. With the club’s focus solely on the ECNL next season, LAFC Slammers will immediately elevate play in the Southwest Conference.
Slammers FC is a founding Girls ECNL Member Club, and has been a top 10 club every year. Slammers FC won the prestigious ECNL Overall Club Championship twice, in both 2012 and 2016, and claimed national championships in 2013, 2014, and 2016 (two). The club is well represented in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), with five players currently playing in the league, and also claims US Women’s National Team star and current Goteborg FC player, Christen Press, as a club alum.
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.
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.