For immediate release, Feb. 7, 2011
For more information:
Sarah Kate Noftsinger, Commissioner
Elite Clubs National League
ECNL Expands for 2011-2012 to 66 Clubs in eight Conferences
RICHMOND, Va (February 7, 2011) – From the almost 90 clubs that applied for membership, the ECNL has announced that fourteen new clubs have been extended New Membership Invitations for the 2011-2012 ECNL Season. If all invitations are accepted, the number of ECNL Member Clubs will increase to 66 for the 2011-2012 season. The clubs extended ECNL New Membership Invitations for the 2011-2012 ECNL Season are:
Blue Valley SC (KS) Colorado Storm SC (CO)
Dallas Texans SC (TX) Eagles SC (CA)
East Meadow SC (NY) Gwinnett Soccer Association (GA)
Las Vegas Premier SC (NV) McLean YSA (VA)
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (PA) Richmond Strikers (VA)
So Cal Blues (CA) Sockers FC (IL)
TSC Hurricanes (OK) World Class FC (NY/ NJ)
In 2011-2012, the 66 ECNL Member Clubs will be separated into eight regional conferences as the ECNL expands to a full 25- to 30-game season. Conference alignments will be released in the coming weeks.
“For the second year in a row, we have added some tremendous clubs to the ECNL, each with great leadership and history in developing soccer players,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “We are very excited about the regional conference structure that is being created for 2011-2012 for all the ECNL Member Clubs, and feel it will have a tremendous impact on player development in all our markets.”
Invitation decisions were based on various factors, including: 1) long-term club history in female soccer, 2) long-term history in development of female soccer players, 3) club leadership and management structure, and 4) geographical considerations. Lastly, all current ECNL Member Clubs voted in a democratic and confidential format.
“These decisions are always very difficult, and there are a lot of very good soccer clubs and leaders in this country,” said ECNL Vice President Doug Bracken. “With the 14 clubs that we have added, and the expansion in our schedule, we feel that the ECNL is in a wonderful position to positively impact youth female soccer for years to come.”
So far, it appears the new clubs are extremely excited about joining the ECNL for the 2011-2012 season. “We are very excited about joining the ECNL for 2011-2012. The ECNL has created a competitive environment for talented players to develop even further. The Dallas Texans believe that the ECNL, with their sponsor Nike, will create an even brighter future for young women to become their best and reach their full potential,” commented Hassan Naziri, Dallas Texans Director of Coaching.
An announcement regarding the dates and locations of the ECNL National Events, as well as the ECNL conference alignments for 2011-2012, will be made in April.
About the ECNL:
The ECNL is a non-profit national youth soccer league founded in 2009 to provide the best possible developmental environment for American female youth soccer players through the creation of the highest level of national competition and an identification and development program to provide an avenue for players to participate in U.S. Soccer’s National Teams. Each of the 66 ECNL Member Clubs in 2011-2012 will have a team in the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18 age groups, each competing for the ECNL National Championship and the ECNL National Club Championship. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.
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