ENPL announces Virginia National Premier League and Boys ECNL Southeast Conference as qualifying competitions
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 18, 2016) - The ground-breaking Elite National Premier League (ENPL) has announced its first qualifying league and first qualifying conference for the 2017-18 season.
Qualifying boys’ teams in five age groups from 14-U to 19-U from the Virginia NPL and from the Boys ECNL Southeast Conference will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in June 2018. These teams will earn qualification to the postseason ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season in their respective competitions.
By providing qualification paths for both team-based and club-based competitions the ENPL will feature the very best boys players in US Club Soccer. The regular season competition within each NPL and within each Boys ECNL Conference are unique and independently structured, but all teams will be focusing on the same post-season destination: the ENPL Playoffs.
The Virginia NPL includes the following clubs:
- Annandale United FC
- Chantilly Youth Association
- FC Virginia
- Northern Virginia SC
- Prince William
- Richmond Kickers
- Richmond Strikers
- Vienna Youth Soccer
- Virginia Rush
- Virginia Soccer Association
The Boys ECNL Southeast Conference includes the following initial clubs:
- Atlanta Fire (GA)
- Birmingham United SA (AL)
- Carolina Elite SA (SC)
- Concorde Fire (GA)
- Florida Elite SA (FL)
- Florida Kraze Krush (FL)
- GSA (GA)
- Jacksonville Armada (FL)
- NASA Tophat (GA)
- Orlando City Youth Soccer (FL)
- Tampa Bay United (FL)
- Tennessee SC (TN)
Additional Boys ECNL Conferences and Boys NPLs that will qualify into the ENPL will be announced in the coming weeks. The ENPL is a collaboration between US Club Soccer and the ECNL to raise standards in youth boys’ soccer across the country.
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A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.