Girls ECNL welcomes San Diego Surf and Real So Cal

About two hours before U.S. Soccer announced the termination of its Development Academy, the San Diego Surf and Real So Cal joined the ECNL for the 2020-2021 season.
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“We are tremendously excited to welcome the Surf and Real So Cal back to the league,” said ECNL Girls Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The addition of these clubs helps to continue to unify the top programs in the region in one competition. It reduces travel demands for everyone, with more clubs aligning with the philosophies and values of the ECNL.”

San Diego Surf was founded in 1977 and Real So Cal was founded in 2000. After playing in the ECNL, which launched in 2009, they moved to Girls DA that U.S. Soccer started in 2017.

Before the Girls DA launched, some clubs withdrew prior to the first season after accepting invitations. Others returned to the ECNL after the first season and second seasons. More defected in March to bring the total to nearly 30, a month before U.S. Soccer pulled the plug.

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