ECNL and United Soccer Coaches Launch Education and Awards Partnership

  • October 31, 2017

RICHMOND, VA (October 31, 2017) – The ECNL and United Soccer Coaches are excited to announce a collaborative new partnership to provide resources and opportunities to ECNL coaches and clubs, and to launch a new honors and awards program for players.

Through this new relationship, the ECNL will become a United Soccer Coaches League Partner and all ECNL clubs will become official United Soccer Coaches Member Clubs to receive online educational resources for their coaches along with two individual memberships in the association per club. ECNL and United Soccer Coaches will also collaborate to develop additional educational programs for the future and the ECNL will annually present at the United Soccer Coaches Convention.

This season will also see the launch of the new ECNL / United Soccer Coaches All-America Program. Based on player performances over the season and an objective recommendation and voting process, male and female All-Conference ECNL Teams and All-America ECNL Teams at the U15, U16, U17 and U18/19 levels will be selected each season and honored at the United Soccer Coaches Convention. In addition, First Team All-America ECNL honorees will be nominated for United Soccer Coaches Youth All-America consideration.

“United Soccer Coaches has a long history of outstanding coaching education programs that have made a huge impact on coaches and clubs all over the country, and we are excited to offer these programs to our members and to work with United Soccer Coaches on new programs for the future,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “We are also very excited about the ability to recognize top players across the ECNL through the ECNL / United Soccer Coaches All-America program, and to help these players receive the honor and recognition they deserve for their performance in top level club soccer.”

“United Soccer Coaches is thrilled to welcome ECNL as a League Partner and to now develop an expanded relationship with every ECNL club through our rapidly growing Member Club Program, which now serves over 475 youth soccer organizations,” said United Soccer Coaches CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel. “This partnership will positively impact players, coaches and clubs across the country as we continue to connect the soccer community with our association’s many valuable resources.”

Look for more exciting announcements about the ECNL and United Soccer Coaches relationship in the coming months.


About United Soccer Coaches: Founded in 1941, United Soccer Coaches is the trusted and unifying voice, advocate and partner for coaches at all levels of the game. The association provides programs and services that enhance, encourage and contribute to the development and recognition of soccer coaches, their players and the game we love. To learn more, visit

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About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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.  |  Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL

About Boys Elite Clubs National League: Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to provide a top level, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players in the United States. The mission of the Boys ECNL is to improve the landscape for players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming that raises standards of quality and improves the player experience in all aspects of the game.  |  Facebook: /BoysECNL  |  Twitter: @BoysECNL

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