ECNL Announces First Annual Coaching Symposium

  • October 18, 2016

llfm-ecnl-course-announcement-v3-websiteRICHMOND, VA (October 18, 2016) – The Elite Clubs National League launched the first ECNL Coaching Development Initiative (CDI) in 2012 as part of its mission to raise standards in coaching and player development in girls youth soccer. Since that first event, the league has hosted nearly a dozen coaching education events across the country to share knowledge and best practices in youth development from all over the world.

New for the 2017 season, the ECNL is excited to announce the first ECNL Coaching Symposium, a two-and-a-half day coaching development event for in-depth education, discussion and learning. The ECNL Coaching Symposiums will be annual events hosted and sponsored by the league to bring new resources, methodology and information from leaders of diverse backgrounds and expertise to coaches across the ECNL.  “The creation of the ECNL Coaching Symposium is another step in the league’s mission to provide information, resources and services to our clubs to help continue to raise the standard of play in the league by raising the standard of coaching in the league,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers.

The 2017 ECNL Coaching Symposium will host the new LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, a course taught by educators and instructors used by many of the top Spanish academies and brought to the American market by US Club Soccer as part of its Players First initiative.  The course will be held from February 3-5, 2017 in La Jolla, CA, and focuses on methodology for coaching players in the formation age groups, planning and coaching for long-term player development, and tactical and technical periodisation.

While the ECNL is hosting the course as part of the 2017 ECNL Coaching Symposium, the course itself is open to coaches from any club.  Registration information for the course will be provided in the coming weeks.  The ECNL will provide this information directly to ECNL clubs, as well as other information about the ECNL Coaching Symposium, and US Club Soccer will provide general course registration information to other clubs.

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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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