FC Stars was a founding member of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) in 2009 for the purpose of providing the highest level of competition and the best developmental environment for American female youth soccer players, as well as an identification and development program, which will seek to include players in US Soccer’s National Teams. The ECNL Player ID Program operates in conjunction with US Club Soccer’s id2 player identification and development program. ECNL coaches and staff will work closely with id2 staff to identify elite female players for participation in id2 National Camps. In addition, players are scouted in ECNL competition for invitations to a special ECNL / id2 National Camp. The ECNL covers all costs of participation for this camp.
The ECNL has rapidly established itself as the Premier venue for young female soccer players in the US. A recent ranking of the top girls soccer clubs in the US showed that 19 of the top 20 and 27 of the top 30 clubs were all ECNL members.
FC Stars had a highly successful inaugural season in the ECNL with the U17 team a finalist and the U16 team a semi-finalist in the ECNL National Championships held in Oregon in Summer 2010.
"FC Stars are excited to be a founding member of the Boys ECNL for the 2017-2018 seasons. The leadership, organizational structure and most importantly the playing platform provided through local, regional and national competition is something that we are looking forward to and matches our own clubs philosophy." - Jason Dewhurst FC Stars Director of Coaching.
The Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the Boys ECNL will advance to the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs.
The Boys ECNL is based on the values of grass-roots collaboration and innovation, and supports the independence and freedom of coaches and clubs to fully manage the development path for their players, including the system and style of play, the competitive calendar, and all aspects of the development path. The Boys ECNL will raise standards in training, competition, club organization, and coaching in a holistic development program.
The Boys ECNL will be led by a Board of Directors elected by the member clubs.