Boys ECNL launches Conference SuperCup and Selection Programs
Richmond, VA (October 15, 2019) – The Boys ECNL will launch the Conference SuperCup and Conference Selection Program (CSP) this spring, two new programs connecting competition and player identification programming in the league.
The 2020 Boys ECNL Conference SuperCup will feature the top four clubs in each conference* based on last season’s overall club conference ranking. These clubs will meet over one weekend to compete in a first-of-its-kind competition that will see each field a single team comprised of their top prospects from Under-15, 16, 17, and 18 age groups. These teams will play in Conference SuperCup Semi-Finals on Saturday, followed by a Conference SuperCup Championship and Consolation match on Sunday.
The Conference SuperCup’s unique format will add value and excitement that the league plans to build upon in future years. “The Conference SuperCup will add an extremely exciting weekend to our annual calendar this season, rewarding top performing clubs with 2 very high level matches to challenge their top players in new ways,” said Boys ECNL Commissioner Jason Kutney. “Looking ahead, the opportunity exists for the SuperCup to grow into an even larger experience, creating a special developmental and scouting opportunity for players in our league.”
Running concurrently with the Conference Super Cup, the top players from clubs that fall short of Super Cup qualification will participate in the new Conference Selection Program (CSP). The CSP will feature the top players from these clubs from U15 – U18, playing in 4 representative teams. The CSP will be held at the same date and location as the Conference Super Cup event.
Collectively, the Super Cup and CSP will feature approximately 120 of the top players in each Boys ECNL Conference. The Conference SuperCup and CSP schedules will be set to maximize recruitment and exposure for all involved.
“One major goal in designing these programs is to attract collegiate and professional scouts to see the best in the league against each other,” said Kutney. “The Boys ECNL is made of top clubs that produce top players, and these programs shine a light brightly on them. As a league, we want to reward these players for their work, challenge them by stretching them outside of their comfort zones, and do so in a fun and competitive weekend for the clubs.”
More details on SuperCup and CSP dates and locations will be released in the coming months.
*As a new conference in 2019-2020, the Northwest Conference will have a different SuperCup format this season involving all clubs.