The ECNL was founded in 2009 by forward-thinking Directors of Coaching across the country who saw a need for change in and special commitment to improving the daily environment for American elite female youth soccer players.  These Directors came together and collaborated to build what would become the top female youth development platform in the world.  The grass roots leadership and cooperation was unprecedented in American youth soccer, and the ECNL continues to be the most progressive and innovative development platform in the country.

The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer with the mission to "Raise the Game” by elevating standards and experience in all aspects of female youth soccer.

 The ECNL four primary platforms to accomplish its mission:

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