ECNL Welcomes Sting Austin as New Member Club in 2017
RICHMOND, VA (April 24, 2017) – The Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Sting Austin 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.
Sting Austin is based in one of Texas’ most competitive soccer markets. Built on the proven development methodology of the Dallas Sting, Sting Austin has quickly become a leader in south Texas. The club had multiple teams qualify for the USYS Southern Regional Premier League last year, and the 2002 team currently plays in the USYS National League. Sting Austin will send more than 15 players to college in their Class of 2017, and the Class of 2018 is not far behind. Many players from Sting Austin have participated in the ECNL in the past as Discovery Players to great success, and the club will now have the ability to join the league directly and prove their quality.
“We are very excited to welcome Sting Austin into the ECNL,” said ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The Dallas Sting have been one of the top development clubs in the country year after year, and we expect the Sting Austin to quickly rise to also become one of the top programs in the Texas Conference.”
“Sting Soccer has given our female student athletes the avenue to excel by creating programs and an atmosphere to develop leaders on and off the field,” said Sting Austin Director Oscar Draguicevich. “Sting Austin has experienced a tremendous amount of success in a short period of time and is evidence of the strong foundation on which it will continue to grow. Joining the ECNL will provide the platform to propel Sting Austin to take the field on the national stage.”
Sting Austin will begin formal competition in the ECNL in August 2017.
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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