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.
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).
2013-2014 ECNL Member Club Map
2013-2014 Conference Alignment