SPORTING NEBRASKA FC ECNL PROGRAM
Sporting Nebraska FC is proud to announce our U13-U19 SOFC Elite boy's teams will join the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) beginning in the fall of 2021. We are honored to be selected as one of the founding seven teams in the Heartland Conference league.
“Sporting Omaha’s acceptance into the national tier of the ECNL is an exciting and unique opportunity for our boys’ program. The ECNL provides a critical piece of player development, identification, and exposure on a national platform that has been missing for male players in our community. The ECNL’s premier level of competition and showcase opportunities offer exclusive access for our players that aspire to play at the highest level.” - Ryan Kruse, Sporting Omaha’s Boys’ Director of Coaching.
The Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the Boys ECNL will advance to the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs.
With our boys' and girls' programs competing in ECNL on both the National and Regional levels our players will be exposed to the highest level of competition in the country. We look forward to what the future holds!
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience for the 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 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 the top youth soccer clubs by developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.
The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for elite 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.
More Than A League programs spanning Leaders Play Here and Always Be More:
ECNL Play This: Creates a path for players to engage, share training lessons and best practices to reinforce creativity in soccer at all levels. ECNL Play This kicks off with an ECNL Playlist on Spotify to help build community among players.
Play It Forward: A community-based program designed to support ECNL players in volunteering to share their skills with local and community based soccer programs. The ECNL will provide all participating players a certificate of community service for their volunteer time.
ECNL Best College Practices: A series of tips will be rolled out to support all players seeking more information on how to best engage with collegiate coaches and gain their attention.
For more information about the ECNL, and to learn about the ongoing rollout of community based programs, visit theecnl.com.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League:
The Girls Elite Clubs National League (ECNL Girls) 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 Girls is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
About Boys Elite Clubs National League:
Boys Elite Clubs National League (ECNL Boys) was founded to provide a top class, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players in the United States. The mission of the ECNL Boys is to improve the landscape for players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming that raises standards of quality and improves the player experience in all aspects of the game. The ECNL Boys is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by PUMA North America.