THE ECNL COLLEGE IMPACT– THE ACC
RICHMOND, Va. (October 22, 2014) – The Elite Clubs National League College Impact series catalogs the huge impact the ECNL has had on college women’s soccer in only 5 years of existence. The College Impact in the Big 12, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have already been released, and today the ECNL’s impact in the ACC is announced.
In only 5 years, there are 207 ECNL alums currently playing in the ACC – nearly 57% of all ACC women soccer players. The ACC 2014 freshman class alone had 71 ECNL alums – 62% of the class.
Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” has become the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player and collegiate soccer star.
The ACC is one of the top women’s soccer conferences in the country, home to 3 NCAA Final Four teams in 2013. The ACC stretches nearly the entire length of the eastern seaboard, including Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Florida State University, University of Louisville, Miami University, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech University, and Wake Forest University. The ECNL College Impact for the ACC 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:
- 207 ECNL alumni are currently playing in the ACC – nearly 57% of the ACC.
- There were 71 ECNL alums in the 2014 ACC freshman class, 62% of the class.
- 9 of the 11 players in the 2013 ACC All-Freshman team are ECNL alums, including the Freshman of the Year.
- 34 ECNL alums are on the 2014 rosters of the three ACC teams that played in the 2013 NCAA Final Four (Florida State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech).
The ECNL is providing a highway to ACC college soccer – and the ECNL College Impact in the ACC 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.