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McLean Youth Soccer became a proud member of the ECNL in 2011.

ECNL Information Meeting - 2015

McLean Youth Soccer Elite Clubs National League (MYS  ECNL) held an open Informational Meeting on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 7:30 pm, Longfellow Middle School Lecture Hall, 2000 Westmoreland St, Falls Church, VA 22043.

There was a short presentation, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

The presentation from the meeting is posted below.

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Get information about TRYOUTS, TEAMS, COACHES and COLLEGE SOCCER for McLean's 2015-16 ECNL program.  


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McLean Youth Soccer - College Commitments

College Name Player Name
American University Audrey Denkler '15
Boston College Madeline McCracken '15, Amber Stearns '15
Carnegie Mellon Katherine Strycharz '14
Christopher Newport Katie Horenstein '15
Clemson Lauren Harkes '15
Delaware Michelle Burnett '14
Duke Mia-Irene Gyau '16
Florida Sara Wilson '15
George Mason Jenna Hamilton '14, Kaila Williams '14
George Washington Monica Thom '14
Gettysburg Haley Brazier '14
Harvard Hannah Natanson '15
High Point Paige Lloyd '14
Kentucky Rebecca Callison '15, Katelyn Jensen '15, Kaitlyn Forsht '15
Lipscomb Elise Andrich '15
Massachusetts-Lowell Bayleigh Young '14
Middlebury Emma Shumway '14
Navy Natalia Barrow '14
Ohio State Meghan Kammerdeiner '16
Pittsburgh Hanna Hannesdottir '14
Randolph Macon College Grace Stewart
Stanford  Mia Hoen-Beck '15, Andi Sullivan '14
Tennessee Gracie DeGooyer '14, Meghan Flynn '14
Utah State Grace McGuire '14
Virginia Lorato Sargeant '15
Virginia Commonwealth Stephanie Stahl '15, Sidney Tison '15, Julia Suarez '15
Virginia Tech Alia Abu Hawa '15, Laila Gray '14, Caroline Kerns '15, Kristina Diana '15
William & Mary Adrienne Maday '14

Elite Clubs National League - Description

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 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: 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).


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.  In 2012, seven new clubs (out of 80 applying) were accepted, for a total of 74 clubs. New member acceptance decisions were 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.  For a complete list of 2012-13 ECNL Member Clubs, click here.


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.

The following data show the number of ECNL players on U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team (WNT) rosters as of June 2012:

U14 WNT (May 2012): 30 ECNL players out of 48 (63%)

U15 WNT: 17 ECNL players out of 24 (71%)

U17 WNT: 23 ECNL players out of 24 (96%)

U18 WNT: 19 ECNL players out of 24 (79%)


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