ECNL Announces New Member Clubs for 2014-2015 Season
RICHMOND, VA (May 5, 2014): The Elite Clubs National League is proud to announce the addition of two new member clubs for the 2014-2015 Season. The two clubs accepted for the 2014-2015 season are:
- FC Portland (OR)
- Crossfire United Oregon (OR)
“Portland is an incredible soccer market, with passion, history and an abundance of good players.” said Commissioner Sarah Kate Noftsinger. “The ECNL has been looking at expanding into this market for several years, and now we are very excited to add these two Oregon clubs to the top youth female development platform in the country.”
The ECNL has a rolling admissions process for new clubs, and all existing club memberships are evaluated every year. Membership is offered to new clubs based on multiple factors, including competitive history, technical leadership, player pool size and quality, history of player development, geographic location, and more.
Every ECNL club competes in the U-14 through U-18 age groups in regular season conference-based competition as well as ECNL National Events. Detailed information regarding the 2014-2015 ECNL schedule, and the ECNL National Events for 2014-2015, will be provided in the coming weeks. In addition to the competition platform, the ECNL partners with US Club Soccer’s id2 Program to offer player identification and development opportunities for top players, as well as offering coaching development seminars for staff of the member clubs.
“We are very excited for our girls to compete in the ECNL. It is the unquestioned top level of girls’ competition and player development in the nation. We look forward to working with our girls to develop and showcase them on this national stage.”
– Mike dePinna, FC Portland Girls Director of Coaching
“Crossfire United Oregon will allow our top female players to compete and be recognized nationally. The ECNL offers an excellent opportunity for player development, as well as exposure to college coaches at the national level.”
– Tom Atencio, Crossfire United Oregon ECNL Director
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. The Army National Guard is the official military branch of the ECNL.