GIRLS ECNL “NATIONAL SELECTION GAMES” TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER
National Selection Games featuring league’s top talent to be held in conjunction with ECNL National Events
RICHMOND, VA (October 7, 2019) — The first ever Girls ECNL National Selection Game will be held in Phoenix, AZ in conjunction with the Girls ECNL National Event at Reach 11 Sports Complex from November 8-10, 2019, where more than 300 colleges are already expected to be in attendance. Created in 2009, the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) is the top youth female soccer league in the country producing more collegiate soccer players than any other program.
Girls ECNL National Selection Games are an extension of the league’s player identification platform, providing additional competition and development opportunities for top players throughout the league. Each Girls ECNL National Selection Game during the 2019-2020 season will feature approximately 36 players from the U16 and U17 age groups, selected by the Girls ECNL based upon their performances in competition over the previous months.
“The National Selection Games will reward the top youth players in the country with incredible opportunities to test themselves at the highest level as they continue to develop throughout the year,” said Girls ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The National Selection Games are an outgrowth of the ECNL mission to create innovative, player-centric development opportunities for American female players.”
Girls ECNL National Selection Games will be played “under the lights” at ECNL National Events that are held throughout the season at venues across the country to provide top players an opportunity to shine on the league’s brightest stage. Games will be live-streamed and broadcast on Facebook and YouTube, showcasing the country’s top youth players across America.
The Girls ECNL National Selection Game – Arizona will include top U16 and U17 players selected from the participating teams in the fall ECNL National Event in Phoenix, AZ. Players selected for this match will be ineligible to participate in competition with their club on the day of the National Selection Game.
Girls ECNL National Selection Games will also celebrate the unique and empowering environment at every Girls ECNL National Event, which is represented by the mantra “More Than A League.”™ Girls ECNL National Events bring nearly every college in the country to scout the next generation of talent in the clubs and league that have produced more collegiate soccer players than anyone else in America. In total, 99% of ECNL players attend college and approximately 90% go on to be collegiate athletes.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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 the creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players 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.