ECNL Announces Summer Coaching Development Initiative

  • March 15, 2016

ECNL_Logo_final_colorRICHMOND, VA (March 15, 2016) – The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) launched the first ECNL Coaching Development Initiative (CDI) in the 2012-2013 season, and since that event has hosted nearly a dozen coaching education programs across the country to share knowledge and best practices in youth development from across the world.

ECNL Coaching Development Initiatives are a key part of accomplishing the league’s mission to “Raise the Game”, and are offered at no charge to ECNL coaches.  Each program is scheduled in conjunction with an ECNL National Event, with presenters from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to provide a diverse set of opinions and perspectives on the game, player development, and more.

The ECNL is excited to announce that Mark Krikorian, head coach of the Florida State University Women’s Soccer Team, will be presenting at the ECNL CDI in Oceanside, CA in conjunction with the 2016 ECNL Playoffs.  Krikorian has coached at nearly every level of women’s soccer, in a career studded with honors and accolades.  In his 11 years at FSU, Krikorian has led the program to the 2014 NCAA National Championship, 3 NCAA national championship appearances, and 8 College Cups.  Prior to his time at Florida State, Krikorian led the US U19 National Team to the Bronze Medal at the 2004 World Cup, and was the head coach of the Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA – the country’s first professional women’s soccer league.

“The ECNL has been a part of significantly raising the level of training and competition in youth female soccer in the past 7 years,” said Christian Lavers, President of the ECNL.  “At the same time, it is also part of our mission to help continue to raise the standards in coaching and methodology across the country.  By providing opportunities for sharing information from leading coaches and subject matter experts, and a forum for discussing and debating topics in player development, the ECNL will continue to help coaches in the league raise their bar and insure that American youth soccer players remain the best in the world.”

All ECNL Member Club coaches are invited to attend the San Diego CDI, but space is limited.  For more information on the ECNL Coaching Development Initiative, and to register, click here.

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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 college and 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.

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