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ECNL College Impact

RICHMOND, VA -The Elite Clubs National League was created in 2009 with the mission to enhance the developmental experience of the best female youth soccer players in the United States, and by doing so improve and raise the level of female soccer at all levels. In only 5 years, the ECNL has quickly grown to become the top youth female league in the world.

While the impact of the ECNL is primarily felt at youth levels, the ECNL has had a significant and growing impact on every level of the sport. ECNL players cover US Soccer youth national team rosters, and even more ECNL alums are now dominating the Division I college soccer landscape.

The ECNL mission condensed into three words is "Elevate the Game." Since 2009, it has provided the opportunity for more players to reach their dreams on and off-the field. On-the field, the "ECNL player" has become the epitome of the next generation of collegiate soccer players.

The ECNL is introducing "ECNL College Impact." The ECNL College Impact can be measured by the number of ECNL alums that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and the increase in this number every year since the league's inception. The ECNL College Impact highlights the ECNL's effect on collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States.

After only five years of ECNL soccer, the number of ECNL Alums playing at college soccer's highest levels is staggering. In total, the Power 5 feature more than 1,040 players that played in the ECNL as youth players:

  • Pac-12 - 224 ECNL Alums
  • Big Ten - 223 ECNL Alums
  • Big 12 - 157 ECNL Alums
  • ACC - 228 ECNL Alums
  • SEC - 213 ECNL Alums


About Elite Clubs National League: 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: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) 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 (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 is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.