ECNL Welcomes Tennessee SC as Member Club in 2017

  • August 22, 2016

RICHMOND, VA (August 22, 2016) – The Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Tennessee SC will be joining the ECNL beginning in the 2017-2018 ECNL Season as a new member club.  The ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.

Tennessee SC has a very strong history of developing top teams and players, and the 2015-16 season was perhaps their most successful yet with the club earning both a U18 USYS National Championship and a U14 Region 3 Championship.  The club has placed more than 146 players into college soccer in the past 5 years, proving itself as one of the top player development programs in the South.  With a staff with a strong background and commitment to coaching development and education, Tennessee SC’s mission matches that of the ECNL in continuing to raise standards for players, coaches, and the club.

“We are very excited to announce Tennessee SC as a new member club in the ECNL and to have their players and teams be a part of our development and competition platform,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers.  “It is an important step for us to welcome the top players from the state of Tennessee into the ECNL, and to have the opportunity to collaboratively work with their club and leadership to make the game better long into the future.”

“As an organization we are extremely honored and excited to be officially announced as a new member club for the 2017 season,” said Tennessee Soccer Club Executive Director Stuart Brown. “Joining the ECNL has been a long standing goal for Tennessee Soccer Club, and our inclusion in the ECNL offers our female players the ability to compete at the highest standard of competition in the country. We will continue to enhance the already high standard of player development in our club to meet and exceed our players’ individual and team goals, now anchored with the ECNL’s strong reputation for elite level competition and broad collegiate recruiting exposure.  Since its inception, the ECNL has set the standard for female players, and we believe by adding Tennessee Soccer Club, the leadership of the ECNL continues to raise the standard for elite level female players in this country for years to come.”

Tennessee SC will begin formal competition in the ECNL in August 2017.  Additional new clubs will be announced in the ECNL in the coming weeks.

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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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