RICHMOND, VA (March 27, 2019) – In an effort to provide competition and development opportunities for a deeper player pool, the Girls Elite Clubs National League will launch the Girls ECNL Regional League – Northeast Conference beginning in the 2019-20 season. The Girls ECNL Regional League – Northeast Conference will include competition at the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/U19 age groups.

The Girls ECNL Regional League platform was piloted in Texas in the 2018-19 season, where seven clubs within the ECNL Texas Conference participated in four age groups.  The ECNL Regional League – Texas Conference was tremendously successful, providing great competition within a professional environment, and will expand in 2019-20.

Girls ECNL Regional Leagues provide local and regional competition within a conference structure, and are operated and managed by the Girls ECNL.  The Girls ECNL Regional Leagues allow improved coordination between teams of different levels within ECNL clubs, and opportunity for players to develop and prepare for the Girls ECNL in the future. 

Qualifiers from Girls ECNL Regional Leagues will earn post-season competition opportunities beginning in June 2020.   

More information regarding the Girls ECNL Regional Leagues will be released 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 ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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