RICHMOND, VA (February 1, 2017) – Today, while players across the country sign their National Letters of Intent (NLI) to continue their soccer careers in college, the 2017 graduating class of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) showed why the ECNL is the top youth female development platform in the world. More than 1,300 graduating seniors from the ECNL will go on to play soccer at the collegiate level this fall, with 1,059 in NCAA Division I programs alone.
“The unparalleled number of ECNL players continuing their playing careers beyond club soccer speaks to the level of play in the league, and the increased quality of youth development from the member clubs and coaches in the league” said Jen Winnagle, Commissioner, Elite Clubs National League. “ECNL athletes have raised the standards in youth soccer, and they will continue to raise standards in the game as they continue their careers in college and beyond.”
The ECNL is the top female youth development platform in the world, elevating female soccer across the country in competition, player development, coaching, and more. The ECNL College Impact shows that the number of ECNL alums playing soccer in college has increased year after year. Now in the 8th year of the league, ECNL graduates are even beginning to impact the NWSL professional league, as documented by the 75% of the 2017 NWSL draftees being ECNL Alum.
The class of 2017 is comprised of Amazing Young Women who will be playing at multiple collegiate soccer levels:
ECNL Class of 2017: 1,671
Total Players Playing Collegiate Soccer: 1,409
Division I: 1,059
Division II, III, NAIA & Other: 350
Beyond its impact on the field, the ECNL’s holistic programs Amazing Young Women, S’Heroes, and The Zone, are preparing ECNL athletes to be the future leaders of tomorrow.
To view the college bound ECNL Class of 2017 in full, click here.