Former Virginia Premier League to Become Newest ECNL Regional League

RICHMOND, VA (May 16, 2019) – The Girls ECNL Regional League – Virginia will become the newest competition platform in the ECNL this August, providing a new competitive pathway to the ECNL Open Cup for clubs across Virginia.

The Virginia Premier League was founded in 2013 and currently includes 11 clubs competing from U11 to U19 in the NPL. The league hosts the US Club Soccer Virginia State Championship and annually provides a variety of coaching education opportunities for its clubs. These and other league programs will continue in their current form as the league transitions to the Girls ECNL Regional League platform.

The following clubs will be participating in the Girls ECNL Regional League – Virginia in the 2019-2020 season:

  • Villareal Virginia Academy
  • Chantilly Youth Association
  • FC Virginia
  • Great Falls Reston Soccer Club
  • Prince William Courage
  • Richmond Strikers
  • Richmond Kickers
  • Stafford Soccer
  • Tidewater Sharks
  • Vienna Youth Soccer
  • Virginia Soccer Association

“The Girls ECNL Regional League – Virginia will be the first state-based league under the ECNL umbrella,” said Girls ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “We are excited to be able to provide this pathway for players and teams, and to work with US Club Soccer in these areas moving forward.”

“We are excited to see all these clubs have an opportunity to perform under the ECNL umbrella” said Leo Garcia, US Club Soccer VP of Competitions. “This pathway will start to define the girls pyramid structure in US Club Soccer.”

“Virginia Premier League is thrilled to join the ECNL Regional League platform, with the development and exposure opportunities it will provide our players and coaches,” said Virginia Premier League President Mike Cullina.


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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