ECNL Girls Program

The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), was initially created to enhance the developmental experience of the elite female youth student-athletes player by improving the competitive environment, scouting and identification process, and daily training environment. Forward-thinking Directors of Coaching across the country who saw a need for change in and special commitment to improving the daily environment for American elite female youth soccer players, so they came together and collaborated to build what would become the top female youth development platform in the world.

The grass roots leadership and cooperation was unprecedented in American youth soccer, and the ECNL continues to be the most progressive and innovative development platform in the country.

Program Benefits:

  • Competitive technical and tactical training environments.
  • State-of-art video analysis of games and individual performances by Veo.
  • Elite strength and conditioning program designed to improve player fitness and rehabilitation.

League Benefits:

  • Competitive training environments with the top players in the state.
  • Meaningful games and in-conference competition.
  • 10-month season.
  • Exposure to US Youth National Team scouts and college coaches.
  • Ability to play high school soccer.

The role of ECNL in college recruitment

The ECNL has become increasingly important for college recruitment in recent years. One reason for this is that many college coaches now view the ECNL as the premier league for girls’ soccer, meaning that players who compete in the ECNL are more likely to catch the eye of college recruiters. Another reason is that the level of play in the ECNL is generally higher than in other leagues, which gives players the chance to showcase their skills and improve their chances of being recruited.

How ECNL prepares players for the next level

Aspiring young soccer players often ask themselves how they can reach the next level. ECNL, or Elite Clubs National League, is one way to do just that. The league prides itself on being the top youth soccer league in the country, and for good reason. ECNL provides players with the opportunity to train and compete at a higher level, which ultimately prepares them for the next step in their soccer journey. ECNL teams play against some of the best youth soccer teams in the country, which creates a challenging and competitive environment for players to grow and improve. From technical skills to tactical awareness.

If you are interested in a trial and/or seeking additional information, please contact Program Director Carmie Landeen at


Program Director



ECNL Director – Girls