In the 2012-2013 season, the ECNL launched the first ECNL Coaching Development Initiative (CDI) in conjunction with the Coaching Education department of US Soccer. The ECNL CDI now occur ever year in the ECNL.
ECNL CDIs are held at several different ECNL National Events each year, with each event featuring a full day of coaching education in the class-room and on the field. All ECNL Directors and staff are eligible to attend at no cost.
Presenters at ECNL CDIs are selected by the ECNL and US Soccer, and include a variety of US Soccer staff coaches and educators. Past presenters have included: US Soccer Director of Coaching Education Dave Chesler, US Soccer Director of Development (and current WNT Head Coach) Jill Ellis, US Soccer U18 National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs, US Soccer U17 Head Coach BJ Snow, US Soccer U14 Head Coach April Kater, and more.
The purpose of the CDIs are to share best practices in youth development across all ECNL clubs, align training methodologies with US Soccer curriculum, and improve the level of coaching throughout the ECNL.
ECNL & US Soccer Coaching Development Initiative