For Western New York Flash Academy players ages 13-18, exposure to college coaches and the college recruiting process is important. The ECNL has provided an environment to excel in recruiting opportunities four our membership. It is a top priority for our staff to assist our players in finding the right school, athletically and academically, where she will be successful.

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:

  • Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights
  • Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions.
  • Improve the daily training environment at top female youth soccer club through developing best practices, training, and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.

The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model.

To accomplish this goal, the ECNL developed a common organizational structure, composed of individual clubs operating collectively under the direction of a commissioner. Because the ECNL exists to promote the common interest of its member clubs, the ECNL operating model is unified and comprehensive and values accessibility and sustainability. The ECNL utilizes four primary delivery mechanisms, or platforms, for Changing the Daily Environment.


  1. The Competition Platform
  2. The Player Identification Platform
  3. The Club and Coach Development Platform
  4. The HER Platform (a female-specific health, wellness, and rejuvenation program)


ECNL Regional League (ECNL-RL)
After a small but tremendously successful pilot program during the 2018-19 season, the Girls ECNL Regional League platform will include 6 leagues across the country in the 2019-20 season. Each Girls ECNL Regional League is structured slightly different, reflecting the unique needs and desires of the participating clubs, geography, and more.

Girls ECNL Regional Leagues are operated and managed by the Girls ECNL to ensure a consistent environment and level of professionalism across all leagues. Each league allows improved coordination and collaboration between teams of different levels within ECNL clubs, or opportunity for teams and players in other clubs to develop through regular high-level competition.

ECNL Regional Leagues are designed to service a deeper player pool from member clubs within the ECNL.

To see a geographic breakdown of the six ECNL Regional Leagues, click here.