Over 1,100 College-Bound Athletes in the Girls ECNL Class of 2019

RICHMOND, VA (November 14, 2018) – Players across the country will be signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI) today and committing to the next stage of their soccer journey. This year’s graduating class of the Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls ECNL) has once again set the national standard, showing why the Girls ECNL is the top youth female development platform in the world.

1,156 players in the Girls ECNL Class of 2019 will go on to play soccer at the collegiate level this fall, with 847 players committed to play in NCAA Division I programs.

“Congratulations to all of the Girls ECNL players who will be continuing their playing careers at the collegiate level,” said ECNL Commissioner, Jen Winnagle. “These players have worked incredibly hard, proven themselves on the top stage of female youth soccer, and should be incredibly proud of their achievement.  We are excited to see them compete collegiately next fall, joining more than 10,000 other ECNL alums who have transformed collegiate soccer over the past decade.”

The class of 2019 is comprised of Amazing Young Women who will be playing at multiple collegiate soccer levels:

  • Girls ECNL Class of 2019: 1,633
  • Total Players Playing Collegiate Soccer: 1,156
  • Division I: 847
  • Division II, III, NAIA + Other: 309
  • Undecided: 462

Even more players will join this list as final college decisions are made by undecided players in the class of 2019 in the coming months.

The ECNL College Impact tracks the number of Girls ECNL alums playing soccer in college, and shows an impressive increase year after year. The Girls ECNL’s impact on the NWSL professional league has also been significant, with 65% of the 2018 NWSL draftees being ECNL Alums.

To view the college-bound Girls ECNL Class of 2019 in full, click here.

*Information above is based on information as of November 13, 2018.


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 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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