Girls Program Information

MISSION: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member-based organization 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 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: 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.

HISTORY: The ECNL was founded in 2009, with 40 of the top girls' youth soccer clubs in the country competing in league games (U15-18), an identification and development program, and a National Championship tournament in Seattle, WA.

The league has grown each year since its inception. 94 clubs nationwide now comprise the Girls ECNL League. New member acceptance decisions are based on multiple different factors, including: 1) long-term club history in female soccer, 2) long-term history in development of female soccer players, 3) club leadership and management structure, 4) club vision and philosophy, and 5) geographical considerations.

RESULTS: McLean Youth Soccer believes the ECNL has become the leader in female youth development in the U.S. today. It provides the top female competition in the country and the best girls' national league in history. As well, the ECNL maintains close ties with U.S. Soccer at multiple levels, creating an ideal platform for the identification of top players at the lowest cost ever.

Numerous MYS players have been named to WNT rosters and training camps in the past year - check out the ECNL News page of our website for details.

A Continuation of Success

There has been no shortage of McLean players at top NCAA women's soccer programs. Previous MAC Herman Trophy winner, Andi Sullivan, was once a stand out at McLean before heading off to Stanford. McLean players are representing college's all across the country and especially right here in the DMV.

The 2019 graduating class of McLean ECNL players is no different. Visit our College Commitements page to see where our student athletes will be in the fall! Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes and we look forward to following their "post McLean careers!"

The 2018 McLean ECNL graduates representing their colleges.

The Proven Pathway

In modern soccer, no youth platform has sent more players to college, had more alums earn collegiate honors, and had more impact on the collegiate game. In the past two years alone, the ECNL has sent more than 2,500 graduating seniors to play women's collegiate soccer, with 2,028 in NCAA Division I programs alone. 92% of the Class of 2017 - almost every high school senior in the league - will be moving on to play at the collegiate level.
The ECNL provides a development environment where players can showcase their talent in front of hundreds of college scouts in the most professional atmosphere in the country," said Jen Winnagle, ECNL Commissioner. "Players that first sparked notice at an ECNL National Event only a few years ago are now dominating every level of college soccer, and starring in the NWSL. Every year, more and more ECNL Alums move on to change the game at in college soccer, with more than 3,900 ECNL Alums in Division I this past fall."
College Placement and Beyond