RICHMOND, VA (April 1, 2020) – In an effort to encourage more female players to move into coaching and provide a meaningful experience during the current pause in play, the Elite Clubs National League Girls announced today that they will be offering scholarships for online coaching courses. ECNL players (past and present) and ECNL coaches are eligible to apply for the opportunity to participate in an online course of their choice, designed to improve knowledge of the game and further coaching skills. 

The ECNL Online Coaching Education Scholarship Program is part of the ECNL’s mission to be More Than A League, part of the League’s H.E.R (Health and Education Resources) Platform, and an effort to support constant learning, development, and improvement in coaching and in the youth experience.  

“We want to help coaches continue to grow and develop as leaders in the game, and in turn encourage female players to further their education and consider coaching in the future,” said ECNL Girls Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “It would be fantastic to see more and more women entering the coaching ranks in youth soccer. Through these scholarships we hope to foster interest among young female players and support young female coaches in continuing to credential themselves.”

The ECNL Online Coaching Education Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for eligible and accepted individuals to take one of US Soccer’s Grassroots Online Courses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11 online courses), or one of the many online courses offered by United Soccer Coaches in their eLearning Platform.  

Information on the available courses can be found here:

The ECNL Online Coaching Scholarship registration link can be found here:

Successful applicants will be informed of their scholarship award by the ECNL. Any accepted applicants will be reimbursed the cost of registration for the course upon proof of completion of the course.


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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