April 10, 2013
As part of our continued commitment to our college program our players were exposed to Darren Ambrose, Penn and John Byford, Villanova. Since the turn of the year Utah, TCU, Arkansas, Brown, USC to name just a few have had the unique opportunity to observe and train our players up close. After a great week of training the ECNL teams traveled to San Diego for a National Event, the teams performed in front of over 200 college coaches.
Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) program provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition. Sereno Soccer Club is proud to have its ECNL teams at the top of its developmental structure. The system begins with our U-7 to U-11 youth academy teams and, it provides the platform for players to move into the U-12 to U-18 youth competitive division. The youth academy currently supports over 20 boys and girls teams and the competitive division currently has over 30 boys and girls teams.
ECNL has also significantly impacted the Women’s Youth National Teams. In May of 2012 the WYNTs were comprised of the following ECNL players.
U14: 30 ECNL players /Roster Size 48
U15: 17 ECNL players/Roster Size 24
U17: 23 ECNL players/Roster Size 24
U18: 19 ECNL players/Roster Size 24
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.
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. Additionally, the ECNL hopes to limit financial inequities in order to improve inclusion of and opportunities for socio-ethnographic groups whose most evident hurdle to development has been the cost structure of the game.
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).
2012-2013 ECNL Member Club Map
2012-2013 Conference Alignment
2012-2013 National Event Series