Ali Krieger Recognized as 2017-18 ECNL S’Hero of the Year

RICHMOND, VA (August 21, 2018) – The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is excited to announce Ali Krieger as the 2017-18 ECNL S’Hero of the Year award recipient. As part of Amazing Young WomenTM movement, the ECNL is sharing the stories of S’Heroes who are role models for our nation’s young female athletes.

Krieger’s professional soccer career has spanned more than a decade, capturing gold at the Women’s World Cup in 2015 with the U.S. Women’s National Team, and playing in over 100 games in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Prior to making her move to the NWSL, Krieger was a mainstay for FFC Frankfurt in the First Division of Women’s Bundesliga.  She has cemented a legacy of excellence, but it was her determination and perseverance that allowed her to reach her goals in the face of adversity and serious injuries. She now has set her sights on giving back, as she hopes to instill her love of the game and all of the qualities that surround it to the next generation of soccer players and beyond.

“I’m so honored to be recognized as the ECNL S’Hero of the Year. ECNL plays such a vital role in the development of young athletes and I am proud to be a small part of that work. I look forward to continuing to make a difference for female youth soccer players for many years to come,” Krieger said about receiving the S’Hero of the Year award and the impact of the ECNL.

Krieger received an impressive 52% of the 2017-18 S’Hero of the Year votes, narrowly beating out fellow S’Heroes, the Amazing Young Women of SoccerGrlProbs.

To read more about Krieger’s story and why she defines what an ECNL S’Hero truly is, click here.

Ali, thank you for being an Amazing Young Woman and sharing your story. We look forward to following the ventures of Ali Krieger Football Camps, and are truly honored to call you the 2017-18 ECNL S’Hero of the Year.


About Amazing Young WomenTM: The Amazing Young Women campaign is a dynamic platform of online and local market activations that showcase and celebrate female role models offering an aspirational focus for all female athletes and teens as they prepare to be our next generation of leaders. The ECNL is calling on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.

Women of all ages can share their personal moments of inspiration through elevated stories and social media. Every share and submission helps drive a movement that celebrates the power of what it is to be a girl today.

S’Heroes are a part of the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign designed to showcase strong, successful women who embody the fact that drive on the soccer field translates into life lessons. The ECNL is calling on all who love sports to join them in supporting youth female athletes as they recognize their own potential, define their individual paths to success, and prepare to be our next generation of leaders.

The Amazing Young Women campaign encourages young female athletes to embrace their competitive nature, and prove they cannot be shaken from the path to their dreams. Those recognized as S’Heroes have taken a spirit of leadership and inspiration from the field, and have demonstrated that it’s not just about a phase of your life, but a way of life.

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 ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.  |  Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL