ECNL

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The Elite Clubs National League is the top girls soccer league in the US. ECNL members include the most prominent and accomplished girls soccer clubs in the country over the last decade.

Acceptance into the league is based on a club’s ability to produce players at the national team level as well as its ability to place players at high profile universities and overall ability to create players capable of competing at the highest levels that women’s soccer has to offer. Avalanche is honored to be considered one of these clubs.

MISSION: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights; Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs .

GOAL: The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model.

ACTION PLAN (Summary): To accomplish this goal, the ECNL developed a common organizational structure, composed of individual clubs operating collectively under the direction of a commissioner. Because the ECNL exists to promote the common interest of its member clubs, the ECNL operating model is unified and comprehensive and values accessibility and sustainability. The ECNL utilizes four primary delivery mechanisms, or platforms, for “Changing the Daily Environment: The Competition Platform; The Player Identification Platform; The Club and Coach Development Platform, and The HER Platform (a female-specific health, wellness, and rejuvenation platform).