RICHMOND, VA (March 11, 2020) – The Elite Clubs National League Girls is excited to announce that the Dallas Texans and Real Colorado will be returning to the ECNL in 2020-2021.  Both clubs will be “All-In” with the ECNL, making the league the top of their competitive pyramid.  

Real Colorado is one of the most successful clubs in the history of American female soccer, and the youth home to current USWNT players Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith.  The club includes more than 450 teams, competitive and recreational.

Dallas Texans are a nationally recognized power with a long history of developing both national championship teams and national team players.  The club includes more than 140 teams in Dallas, with hundreds more in affiliates across Texas, in Florida, and in Canada.

“The ECNL is committed to providing an environment that supports clubs, coaches, and players in their efforts to constantly get better,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers.   “This is a strong statement from two top clubs that we are fulfilling our mission of creating the best platform for youth soccer.” 

“Real Colorado have played in both leagues,” said Real Colorado Executive Director of Coaching Lorne Donaldson. “The ECNL is a better environment for the overall development of our student athletes, on and off the field, and we are excited to be back.”

“We are excited once again to compete in ECNL,” said Dallas Texans Director of Coaching Hassan Nazari. “Dallas Texans have always addressed the need of its members.  We respect the platform that ECNL has created for women’s soccer and are proud to be back.”

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), unmatched collegiate exposure through the largest collegiate showcases in the country, and unique player identification and development opportunitiesThe league and its clubs will continue to help develop the next generation of collegiate stars and national team players, and support the success of US Soccer’s national teams at all ages.


About Elite Clubs National League Girls: The Elite Clubs National League Girls (ECNL Girls) 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 Girls is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer. 

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