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Click here to visit the Elite Club National League web site.

Click the following age groups for Virginia Rush Team Pages: U14, U15U16, U17 and U18

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For information on 2012-2013 National Events, click here.

About the ECNL

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:

  1. The Competition Platform;
  2. The Player Identification Platform;
  3. The Club and Coach Development Platform, and
  4. The HER Platform (a female-specific health, wellness, and rejuvenation platform).

History of ECNL

2009-2010: Inaugural ECNL Season

The inaugural ECNL season (August 2009 - July 2010) included 40 of the top girls' soccer clubs throughout the country, with more than 2,000 players participating in ECNL competition in the U15, U16, and U17 age groups, competing in two divisions for the ECNL National Championship, the ECNL Club National Championship, and promotion and relegation between the divisions. Each team played nine regular season games within their division for placement going into the ECNL National Championship. Games were played at five different ECNL National Showcase Events held throughout the country, and all participating teams came together for the first annual ECNL National Championship in Seattle, WA in July 2010.

In its second year, the 2010-11 ECNL season, the ECNL saw several changes. The ECNL added twelve of the top girls clubs from around the country, bringing the total number of ECNL member clubs to 52, and expanded to include the U18 age group. Each of the 52 member clubs had an ECNL team in the U15 through U18 age groups. In total, each team (in each age groups) played roughly 16 games. By adding more age groups and more high-quality ECNL games, the ECNL took steps that allowed the member clubs to increase the quality of games played while reducing the overall number of games on their calendar, increase the training time for their players, and expand the developmental opportunities provided by this platform into more age groups.

Entering its third year, the 2011-12 ECNL season, the ECNL has again expanded, now to include the nation’s elite 66 female soccer clubs, an enhanced scouting and player identification structure, accessible club administrative, coaching, and scouting education opportunities, and an improved season structure that includes the U14 age group. Most importantly, the ECNL expanded the competition platform to approximately 30 games per team. By focusing solely on the elite competition within the ECNL, these clubs will be able to provide an improved environment with a better training-to-game ratio and more demanding and consistent competition. The 2011-12 ECNL season has three parts which provide the competitive platform for over 5,000 games to be played:

1- ECNL Conference and Cross-Conference Competitions;
2- ECNL National Event Competitions; and
3- ECNL National Championships.

ECNL Player Identification Program

In 2009-10, the ECNL Player ID Program focused on the 1994 age group. Based on scouting and evaluations compiled over three ECNL events, 30 players from the 1994 birth year were invited into a National Training Camp co-hosted by the ECNL and US Club Soccer, at no charge to the invited players. Based on performances at this camp, and evaluations from US Soccer National Staff Coaches Mike Dickey and Dave Rubinson, six players were invited directly into US Soccer National Team Camps within 2 months of the ECNL  id2 National Training Camp.

In 2010-11, the ECNL Player ID Program expanded to include both the 1994 and 1995 age groups.

In 2011-12, the ECNL significantly expanded its player identification program, announcing the introduction of ten ECNL Player Development Programs to be held across the country in early 2012, and an expanded National Training Camp in July. Both the Player Development Programs and the National Training Camp are part of US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program.

Virginia Rush ECNL Tryout Information

If you are interested in trying out for a Virginia Rush ECNL Team please contact Matt Mittelstaedt, DOC Girls and ECNL, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-430-3500.

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