Report: ECNL planning to launch boys league

Charles Boehm reports that the ECNL, a national girls league since 2009 sanctioned by U.S. Club Soccer, is planning to launch a boys league. "Our membership has been asking about a boys ECNL for a long time, and we’ve also heard from a lot of great boys clubs from outside of the girls ECNL,” ECNL president Christian Lavers said. "The leadership and governance model, club-focused philosophies, and programming quality that built and represents the girls ECNL aren’t gender-specific."

The ECNL's girls league faces an uncertain future in the wake of the U.S. Soccer Federation launching a Girls Development Academy in 2017. The U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy launched in 2007.

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2 comments about "Report: ECNL planning to launch boys league".
  1. R2 Dad, April 5, 2016 at 5:56 a.m.

    No more new leagues, and we don't really need more clubs at the youth soccer level. Can't there be a barrier to entry that isn't license-based? It seems like any yahoo can go out, start up a new entity and immediately start blowing up the existing one(s). Stability does have benefits. It's a pity soccer parents are so gullible.

  2. Mitch Miller, April 5, 2016 at 9 a.m.

    Why not make it a July 1-Dec 31 birthdate league. (maybe just a high percentage)
    Nearly every youth elite teams is made up of 80% early b days Jan -April. See what happens when we try to develop these players. Be great to see what might be developed.

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