ECNL Player Development Program – Madison Rosters & Schedule Announced
RICHMOND, VA. (January 27, 2014) –The rosters and schedule for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Player Development Program event to be held in Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 1-2 have been announced. The event will be held at the University of Wisconsin’s indoor McClain Athletic Facility, with some of the best players from the following ECNL clubs in the Midwest: Eclipse Select, FC Wisconsin Eclipse, Minnesota Thunder Academy, Sockers FC – Chicago, St. Louis Scott Gallager – Illinois, and St. Louis Scott Gallager – Missouri.
For a full roster of the participating players, including team assignments and schedule for this event, click here.
Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally-based identification and development programs within US Club Soccer’s id2 Program with three primary goals: (i) provide the top players within specified elite leagues with an opportunity to be identified and evaluated for higher levels of play; (ii) provide a high quality developmental experience; and (iii) recognize and reward individual performance and achievement. PDPs are operated in conjunction with elite leagues sanctioned by US Club Soccer.
The ECNL PDP in Madison will include a training session and two 11 vs. 11 games over two days. Top players from each ECNL PDP, along with other players scouted in ECNL competition throughout the year, will be considered for invitations to the ECNL / id2 National Training Camp in August.
The full schedule of 2014 ECNL PDP events is available, click here.
Players are selected for the Player Development Programs based on their performance in ECNL competitions and by recommendations from ECNL coaches. ECNL will be hosting ten PDP events across the country over the next three months, providing an opportunity for top players in every ECNL club. There are no costs for participation inPlayer Development Programs. The ECNL covers all staffing, facility rental and equipment costs for the ECNL PDPs. The only responsibility for participating players will be the cost of travel and accommodation (if necessary).
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 the U.S. Soccer 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. The Army National Guard is the official military branch of the ECNL.
About US Club Soccer: A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States. US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs. Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and the Army National Guard.