THE ECNL COLLEGE IMPACT–The Pac-12
RICHMOND, Va. (October 6, 2014) – The Elite Clubs National League College Impact series began last week with a look at how theECNL has impacted college soccer in the Big 12 Conference. In only 5 years, ECNL alums have become more than 65% of the Big 12 freshman class, and more than 60% of the entire conference. While that is impressive enough, the ECNL College Impact in the Pac-12 is even bigger – nearly 7 of 10 freshmen in the Pac-12 are ECNL alums. The 2013 Division I National Champion UCLA features a roster made of 75% ECNL alums in 2014.
Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” has become the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player. The ECNL College Impact can be measured by the number of ECNL alumni that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and the increase in this number every year since the league’s inception. The ECNL College Impact highlights the ECNL’s effect on collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States. This week, the ECNL examines the Pac-12 Conference.
The Pac-12 Conference stretches the length of the West Coast, from Arizona to Washington. The Pac-12 includes the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, UCLA, USC, the University of Utah, the University of Washington, and Washington State University. The ECNL College Impact for the Pac-12 includes the past 5 freshman classes – the freshmen who began their college careers in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 collegiate athletic seasons. In only 5 years of ECNL soccer:
- 215 ECNL alumni are currently playing in the Pac-12 Conference.
- Nearly 65% of the players in the Pac-12 Conference are ECNL alums.
- There were 72 ECNL alums in the 2014 Pac-12 freshman class, nearly 70% of the class!
- 15 players from the Pac-12 First Team, Second Team, or Honorable Mention are ECNL alumni.
- The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and 9 of 11 players on the 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team are ECNL alumni.
The ECNL is providing a highway to Pac-12 college soccer – and the ECNL College Impact in the Pac-12 is growing. The ECNL is more than four letters. It is a representation of the best platform and program for female soccer in the United States. Beyond that, the ECNL is representative of the vision and goals of the best clubs, teams, and players in the country. The ECNL is the aspirational focus for elite female athletes. Join the ECNL, and start your journey to the school of your dreams.
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.