RICHMOND, VA (February 22, 2019) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Crossfire Premier will be an “All-In” club in the league in 2019-20. The club will place the Girls ECNL as the aspirational training and development environment for all female players within the club, at the top of their competitive pyramid. 

Crossfire has a long history of supporting the youth game, and is one of only a few clubs in the country to cover all travel expenses for their elite players.  Crossfire will continue this commitment for their Girls ECNL teams in the 2019-20 season, fully funding all ECNL travel expenses for their teams.

“We have been committed to the ECNL from the very beginning, and in the ever-changing youth soccer landscape, we believe it’s the program that best serves the interests of our elite female players moving forward,” said Crossfire Director of Coaching Bernie James.  “As always, we continue to seek the highest possible level of competition for our teams; putting our players in a demanding game environment is a crucial component of our development model, and we feel the ECNL provides an unparalleled platform for elite competition and player development.”

“Crossfire Premier has been one of the very best clubs in the country for more than a decade, developing players to be stars at every level of the game – in college, internationally, and in professional leagues across the world,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers.  “Crossfire has always worked to provide the best possible environment for their players and we look forward to working with Crossfire leadership, supporting the Crossfire club, and providing a fantastic platform for their female players long into the future.”

The ECNL was created to serve players, coaches, and clubs within a holistic development environment that collaboratively raises standards in all areas of the game.  Through its programming, the ECNL and its member clubs seek to lead innovation and improvement in youth club soccer, facilitate the development of the next generation of collegiate stars and national team players, and support the success of US Soccer’s national teams.


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.

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