The Girls ECNL Welcomes Loudoun Soccer as Member Club for the 2018-19 Season

  • February 26, 2018

RICHMOND, VA (February 26, 2018) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Loudoun Soccer will be joining the Girls ECNL beginning in the 2018-2019 ECNL Season. The Girls ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.

Loudoun Soccer is based in Northern Virginia with a proven track record of success and development.  In the 2016-17 season alone, Loudon teams won 3 Virginia state titles and 2 Region 1 Championships (U12 girls and U15 girls).  In the past 9 seasons, the club has sent more than 100 female players into college soccer, with two alums currently playing professionally – Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) and Ellie Zoepfl (West Ham United Ladies).

“Loudoun Soccer is delighted to join the Girls ECNL.” said Mark Ryan, Technical Director for Loudoun Soccer. “The Girls ECNL’s focus on elite female athletes, and its professional and collaborative approach, match our club’s philosophy and needs.  We look forward to providing those players in Loudoun County the opportunity to develop and compete on a nationwide platform.”

The Girls ECNL is the nation’s top development and competition platform for female soccer players, with conference competition in six age groups (U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and unmatched collegiate exposure through the ECNL National Events, the largest collegiate showcases in the country.  In addition to the competition platform, the Girls ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players in every conference, unique coaching education and club development programs, and player health and education resources.

“We are very excited to welcome Loudoun Soccer into the Girls ECNL,” said ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The history, leadership, and performance level of Loudoun Soccer will make them a great club in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, and will make the Girls ECNL a stronger league overall.”

Loudoun Soccer will begin formal competition in the Girls ECNL in August 2018. Additional new clubs will be announced in the Girls ECNL in the coming weeks.

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About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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 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 Girls ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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