RICHMOND, Va. (April 19, 2022) – ECNL Girls is pleased to announce brand new clubs joining the ECNL Girls Regional League for the 2022-23 season. Stretching both across the country and from south to north, these clubs reflect the commitment of the ECNL Girls to provide pathways for clubs looking to provide the best experiences for their players and teams

“These new clubs will continue to strengthen and deepen competition within the ECNL Regional League,” said ECNL COO and Girls Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The success of the Regional League over the past several years in providing more great matches, college showcases, and a clear pathway for players, teams, and clubs is a reflection of the great leaders and clubs participating in it.”  

The new clubs joining the Regional League are below:

Braden River SC (ECNL Regional League – Florida)

  • Location: Bradenton, FL
  • Largest club in Southwest Florida, with more than 1,800 families
  • Facilities: Lakewood Ranch Park

BVB International Academy – Texas (ECNL Regional League – North Texas)

  • Location: Carrollton, TX
  • Partnered with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in 2019

BRYC Elite Academy (ECNL Regional League – Virginia)

  • Location: Fairfax, VA
  • Established: 1966
  • Famous Alumni include Mia Hamm, Cindi Harkes, Amanda Cromwell and Jillian Ellis

Chicago Inter SC (ECNL Regional League – Heartland)

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • More than 200 alumni playing collegiate soccer since 2008
  • Serves players and families from the Southwest Chicago suburbs

Dallas Surf (ECNL Regional League – North Texas)

  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Established in 2021 as one of the newest members of Surf Soccer 
  • Facilities: The Rec at Grapevine

FC Richmond (ECNL Regional League – Virginia)

  • Location: Richmond, VA
  • Established: 1985
  • More than 2,500 athletes

Highland FC (ECNL Regional League – Carolinas)

  • Location: Asheville, NC
  • Facilities: John B. Lewis Soccer Complex
  • Competitive Division of the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association

McLean YSA (ECNL Regional League – Virginia)

  • Location: McLean VA
  • Established: 1990
  • Founding ECNL club with more than 100 alumni currently playing collegiate soccer

Swan City SC (ECNL Regional League – Florida)

  • Location: Lakeland, FL
  • Recently rebranded from Lakeland Tropics FC) to Swan City SC
  • Home to more than 2,500 athletes

United PDX (ECNL Regional League – Northwest)

  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Established in the mid-1980s
  • Houses more than 90 teams for more than 2,700 athletes 

VA Rush (ECNL Regional League – Virginia)

  • Location: Virginia Beach, VA
  • One of the founding Rush clubs,
  • Home to more than 3,500 athletes in the soccer-rich Virginia Beach market

Virginia Valor (ECNL Regional League – Virginia)

  • Location: Chantilly, VA
  • A partnership between Southwestern Youth Association and Chantilly Youth Association with more than 22,000 athletes 


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’s 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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