RICHMOND, VA (March 7, 2019) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Eastside Football Club will be joining the Girls ECNL beginning in the 2019-2020 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.

Eastside FC was established in 1970 and currently has over 70 competitive teams and nearly 1,000 players competing in the Preston, WA just east of Seattle.  Eastside FC has sent dozens of players to play soccer at the highest collegiate levels in the past decade, with several players going on to play professionally and for various youth national teams in the past few years alone. 

“Eastside FC is very honored to have the opportunity to compete in the ECNL,” said Tom Bialek, Eastside FC Director of Coaching. “The league has a proven track record for creating a great competitive environment, that also maximizes the college exposure opportunities for the players.”

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 Eastside Football Club into the Girls ECNL for the upcoming season,” said ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The club’s philosophy and leadership will make them a great addition, enhancing the quality of competition within the Northwest Conference.” 

Eastside Soccer Club will begin formal competition in the Girls ECNL in August 2019. 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.

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