RICHMOND, VA (April 7, 2021) – The ECNL Girls is excited to announce continued expansion of the ECNL Girls Regional League platform for the 2021-22 season. The current ECNL Girls Regional League – Carolinas will be expanding into the Southeast region, welcoming clubs from Georgia and Alabama, and rebranding as the new ECNL Regional League – South Atlantic. The new league will consist of sixteen clubs across two divisions: Carolinas and Southeast. 

“The ultimate mission of the ECNL is to provide an environment for players to challenge themselves and discover their personal potential. Continued expansion of the ECNL Regional League reflects the growth of the sport as the level of play continues to rise year over year,” said ECNL Girls Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The emergence of two divisions in the South Atlantic League will enable players in this region to test themselves against other talented players that they may not have faced in the past, giving them opportunities to test and push themselves.” 

The ECNL Regional League – South Atlantic will feature both divisional competition and cross-division competition to make a robust regular season schedule for all clubs participating. This expansion will continue to grow the platform and enhance overall competition. 

The two divisions, consisting of ten clubs from the Carolinas and six clubs from the Southeast, are as follows: 

Carolinas Southeast
CESA Alabama FC
Charlotte Independence North Atlanta Fire
Charlotte Independence South Concorde Fire Platinum
Charlotte SA Blue Concorde Fire Premier
Charlotte SA White GSA
NC Fusion UFA
NCFC Youth Elite
NCFC Youth Premier
South Carolina United
Wilmington Hammerheads


Currently the ECNL Girls Regional League includes 12 conferences, with more than 820 teams across the United States. Continued ECNL Girls Regional League expansion, Regional League showcase events and a national postseason competitions will be announced at a later date. 


About the ECNL:

The ECNL is the nation’s leading youth soccer development platform. The ECNL respects and celebrates the unique individuality of every youth soccer player and club, supporting and enabling them to unleash their unfettered passion and fierce tenacity in striving to achieve their potential. 

The ECNL mission to Raise the Game is a total commitment to create the best possible environment for players, coaches, referees and administrators, with a determination to constantly question convention and challenge the status quo in youth sports.

The ECNL Commitment:

We will lead, set our eyes on new horizons, and pursue them relentlessly. Born out of the belief in a better way. Continued in the ever-evolving pursuit of excellence. 

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