ECNL BOYS PROMOTES FIRST CLUBS FROM NORCAL PREMIER TO ECNL CLUB COMPETITION
RICHMOND, VA (May 13, 2022) – ECNL Boys is excited to announce the league has promoted California Odyssey and San Jose Surf to ECNL Boys Club Competition, marking the first two clubs to move from NorCal Premier’s NPL to ECNL Boys. Both California Odyssey and San Jose Surf will compete in the ECNL Boys Northern Cal Conference for the 2022-23 season.
“Throughout the 2021-22 season, California Odyssey and San Jose Surf have shown their quality in NorCal Premier competition,” said ECNL Boys Commissioner Jason Kutney. “Our league alignment with NorCal Premier supports club development and advancement by the way of competitive merit, creating an environment that celebrates on-field success. We are thrilled to bring these clubs into the fold and to have them as a part of our membership for the 2022-23 season.”
- Founded: 2002
- More than 200 alumni have played collegiate soccer
- One of only two clubs to make back-to-back National Championship Finals in the former US Development Academy.
“Odyssey has been a pioneer in competitive soccer in the Central Valley and in Northern California consistently since its inception more than two decades ago, and this move to join ECNL’s Club Competition platform is a continuation of the club’s foresight in improving its offerings to its membership,” said Vitalis Otieno, California Odyssey Technical Director. “The potential for growth on this platform to our full membership really excites us from a leadership standpoint and we feel it really made sense for us to pivot from where we were last season in the overall best interest of our club’s growth and development.”
San Jose Surf
San Jose, CA
- Founded: 2017
- Becomes the first San Jose-based club to compete in ECNL
“We are very excited and proud to be joining the ECNL Boys platform for the upcoming season,” said Steve Lum, San Jose Surf President. “The ECNL and NorCal Premier have built an incredible merit-based, promotion-relegation platform that fosters growth and development opportunities through programming, player identification, and the highest level of competition in the country. Joining ECNL Boys will give all our members a league that will provide a platform for all the players to compete on a local, regional and national level.”
About the ECNL:
The ECNL is the nation’s leading youth soccer development platform. The ECNL respects and celebrates the unique individuality of every youth soccer player and club, supporting and enabling them to unleash their unfettered passion and fierce tenacity in striving to achieve their potential.
The ECNL’s mission to Raise the Game is a total commitment to create the best possible environment for players, coaches, referees and administrators, with a determination to constantly question convention and challenge the status quo in youth sports.
The ECNL Commitment:
We will lead, set our eyes on new horizons, and pursue them relentlessly. Born out of the belief in a better way. Continued in the ever-evolving pursuit of excellence.