ECNL Welcomes Classics Elite as Member Club in 2017
RICHMOND, VA (November 2, 2016) – The Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Classics Elite will be joining the ECNL beginning in the 2017-2018 ECNL Season. The ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.
Classics Elite is based in San Antonio, TX, with more than 60 teams and 2 premier training complexes in the San Antonio area. The club is a founding member of the United Soccer Clubs(USC) NPL, and currently has girls’ teams in every age group from U14-U19 in the Texas Champions League. The club has a strong track record of player development, with multiple players in youth national teams, USYS Regional ODP and US Club Soccer’s id2 Program in the past 5 years. Significantly, more than 40 players from Classics Elite have participated in the ECNL in the past 5 years as Discovery Players, and the club has placed nearly 40 players into college soccer in the past 3 years.
“We are very excited to welcome Classics Elite, and the San Antonio soccer market generally, into the ECNL,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “The club’s players have been recognized as top players for many years in multiple different identification programs, and they have always supported the best development pathway for their elite players. Classics Elite has shown the leadership integrity and developmental focus that epitomizes an ECNL club, and they will be a fantastic new member of the league.”
“Classics Elite has been committed for 10 years to provide a top soccer environment for female players in San Antonio who can excel in competitive sport and in life,” said Classics Elite Director of Coaching Brian Monaghan. “With the ECNL being the undisputed number one girls program in the country, it is a great privilege for Classics Elite and a great opportunity for San Antonio soccer to be invited to join the league in 2017.”
Classics Elite will begin formal competition in the ECNL in August 2017. Additional new clubs will be announced in the ECNL in the coming weeks.
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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