Eight clubs participate in inaugural ECNL event, Aug. 14-16 in suburban Chicago; Web site launched
Follow the action at the Chicago ECNL Showcase:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Aug. 13, 2009) – Twenty-four teams from eight clubs will participate in the Chicago ECNL Showcase hosted by Eclipse Select Soccer Club, Aug. 14-16, 2009, at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex. In conjunction with the event, the new ECNL Web site has been launched at http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com.
The Chicago ECNL Showcase marks the league’s inaugural event and is the first of five 2009-10 ECNL regular-season tournaments. Member clubs must select three of the five events to attend in advance of the 2009-10 ECNL National Championship, scheduled for July 15-18, 2010, in Seattle.
The eight participating clubs in the Chicago ECNL Showcase are: Birmingham United (Ala.), Colorado Rush (Colo.), Eclipse Select SC (Ill.), FC Milwaukee (Wis.), Irvine Strikers (Calif.), SC Del Sol (Ariz.), St. Louis Scott Gallagher (Mo.) and Virginia Rush (Va.). Attending clubs will bring a U-15, U-16 and U-17 team to Chicago, with each squad playing one game on each of the event’s three days.
"This inaugural ECNL event will serve as the foundation for what will be a highly-successful, competitive league that follows the appropriate framework for elite girls' player development," said US Club Soccer Executive Director Bill Sage. "Our staff is very much looking forward to contributing to this significant development."
”Everyone is tremendously excited to finally kick-off the ECNL season,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “Over the past months it has become very clear that the member clubs are committed to making the ECNL a vehicle for positive change in female youth soccer. This weekend will showcase some very talented players, competing in some great games, and we look forward to it.”
A complete schedule, as well as additional league information, can be found at the newly-launched ECNL Web site: http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com. Those interested are also able to follow the action at the Chicago ECNL Showcase with daily updates and highlights at the ECNL Web site.
About the ECNL:
The ECNL is a non-profit national youth soccer league founded in 2009 to provide the best possible developmental environment for American female youth soccer players through the creation of the highest level of national competition and an identification and development program to provide an avenue for players to participate in U.S. Soccer's National Teams. The 2009-10 season is the ECNL’s inaugural season. Each of the 40 member clubs in 2009-10 will have a team in the U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups, each competing for the ECNL National Championship, the ECNL National Club Championship, and promotion and relegation between flights. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.
About US Club Soccer:
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. A member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, US Club Soccer has grown to include member clubs and leagues in 49 states. In addition to sanctioning and administering tournaments, leagues and other competitions as well as offering a range of programs for its members, US Club Soccer annually conducts the National Cup and the National Collegiate Showcase. US Club Soccer also directs its own player identification and development program – id2.
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