Maryland United FC is proud to announce itself as an ECNL member clubs.
MISSION: 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:
- Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights;
- 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
- Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.
GOAL: The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (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.
ACTION PLAN (Summary): To accomplish this goal, the ECNL developed a common organizational structure, composed of individual clubs operating collectively under the direction of a commissioner. Because the ECNL exists to promote the common interest of its member clubs, the ECNL operating model is unified and comprehensive and values accessibility and sustainability. The ECNL utilizes four primary delivery mechanisms, or platforms, for “Changing the Daily Environment:
- The Competition Platform;
- The Player Identification Platform;
- The Club and Coach Development Platform, and
- The HER Platform (a female-specific health, wellness, and rejuvenation platform).
* The ECNL is a tax-exempt 501c(3) organization.
Maryland United FC and the ECNL
Why play for Maryland United FC in the ECNL?
The Elite Clubs National League was formed to allow the top clubs in the country the opportunity for their college recruiting age players to play meaningful games, on quality fields, in an organized system. This league is likely to grow into the US Development Girls Academy and join the boys US Development Academy as the place for elite players.
How is the ECNL track different than the track of typical premier travel teams?
The ECNL has created agreements with events to place players on the highest quality and the most visible fields. Coaches have limited ability to see players in a weekend so the 66 clubs participating in this venture are at a significant advantage.
What does Maryland United FC have planned for the ECNL teams?
Players will benefit from a top quality coaching staff coordinated by the ECNL Director. The program will involve an expanded curriculum, camaraderie of the five age-group teams, college success seminars, fitness testing, and a lot of fun! Players will be on the best fields and facilities that our club has to offer for training and games (indoor, turf fields, and quality grass surfaces).
What commitment is expected of the ENCL players?
It must be a full year-round commitment to the ECNL team and to the sport of soccer. The ECNL is the highest level of girls youth soccer and players must be always finding ways to improve. Additionally, periods of downtime and an off-season will be incorporated into the year round schedule to allow for proper recovery between games and seasons. The competitive schedule will total about 30 ECNL games and approximately another 12 games from non-ECNL tournament play.
How will the ECNL change college recruiting?
The ECNL has already proven the best platform to be identified by College coaches. Hundreds of coaches attend every ECNL event. www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com
Will players have to play ODP in order to be pulled into the US National Pool?
The ECNL provides a direct route to the National Pool through a combination of scouting ECNL games and the regional and national US Club Soccer ID2 program in order to identify talented players and get them into the National Pool. Several players from ECNL clubs made their way into National Team camps without being a member of their State Olympic Development Program.