ECNL Welcomes South Carolina United FC as Member Club in 2017
RICHMOND, VA (February 22, 2017) – The Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that South Carolina United FC will be joining the Girls ECNL beginning in the 2017-2018 ECNL Season. The ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.
South Carolina United FC is based in Columbia, SC, and has more than 5,000 registered players. The club has won 10 South Carolina state championships in the last 2 years, and its U18 girls won the USYS Region III Premier League in 2016. The club has helped more than 50 female players move on to college soccer since 2014, showing its dedication to providing a platform for youth players to become collegiate student-athletes.
“We are very excited to welcome South Carolina United FC into the ECNL,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “The club has a strong history of player development, and a great commitment to coaching education and development within their staff. They will provide a great platform for the ECNL in the Columbia market, and their players and teams will help make the league better.”
“The ECNL platform will test our players and coaches and force us to continually improve our development system,” said South Carolina United FC Director of Competitive Soccer Rob Strickland. “The league will be of great benefit and value to each of our female players regardless of their current age and individual playing level. Acceptance into the ECNL marks a great day in the history of our Club.”
South Carolina United FC will begin formal competition in the ECNL in August 2017.
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 college and 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.
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