ECNL adds seven new member clubs for 2012-13 season.

RICHMOND, VA. (March 22, 2012):  From the approximately 80 clubs that applied for membership into the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) for the 2012-13 season, seven new clubs have been accepted as ECNL member clubs. The new clubs accepted for the 2012-13 season are:

- Albion Hurricane (TX)
- Brandon Flames (FL.)
- CFK Krush (FL.)
- Internationals (OH)
- Mountain View Los Altos (CA.)
- Santa Rosa United (CA.)
- Texas Rush (TX)

“The application process becomes more difficult every year,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “We are excited to have seven new clubs that will make the ECNL an even stronger and more robust developmental platform, many of which will also help the ECNL reach players in new geographic areas.”

New member acceptance decisions were based on multiple different 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, 4) club vision and philosophy, and 5) geographical considerations.

“The ECNL will continue to lead female soccer in creating developmentally-focused national competition, scouting-based and no-cost player identification platforms, and club and coaching education initiatives,” said ECNL Vice President Doug Bracken. “These seven new clubs will join the existing ECNL member clubs in furthering positive change in girls youth soccer.”

“We are extremely honored to be included in the ECNL’s 2012-13 season. The opportunity for our teams to participate within the top girls youth league in the United States and be afforded the chance to play against other top clubs and to be showcased in top college environment tournaments around the country is tremendously exciting for our players and their families.”

- Albertin Montoya, Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA) Director of Coaching

“We are very excited to be one of the first organizations to represent the state of Florida in such a quality league. We strive to provide the best opportunity for every player that comes into our club, and the ECNL just elevates those opportunities for them. We hope that this league will continue to educate the meaning of "club" to the rest of the country.”

- Hue Menzies, CFK Krush Executive Director

Every ECNL club competes in the U-14 through U-18 age groups, in one of eight regional conferences of 8-10 teams each. Detailed information on the 2012-13 ECNL schedule, and the ECNL National Events for 2012-13, will be provided in the coming weeks.

In addition to the competition platform, the ECNL partners with US Club Soccer’s id2 Program to offer player identification and development opportunities for top players, as well as offering coaching development seminars for the member clubs.

ABOUT THE ECNL: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The ECNL was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States. ECNL seeks to improve the competitive environment through the creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights, augmented by a systematic scouting and identification program and an improved daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs. The goal of the ECNL is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model. Follow ECNL on Twitter @theECNL and Facebook: Elite Clubs National League.  Visit the official ECNL website for more information: http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com.