ECNL Player Development Program’s Mid-Atlantic rosters and schedule announced
RICHMOND, Va. – The rosters and schedule have been announced for the Elite Clubs National League Player Development Program event to be held May 4-5 at West Creek Park in Richmond, Va. The event will include some of the best players from the following ECNL clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region: Freestate SA (Md.), Bethesda SC (Md.), McLean YSA (Va.), FC Virginia, Richmond Strikers (Va.) and Virginia Rush.
Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally-based identification and development programs within US Club Soccer’s id2 Program with three primary goals: (i) provide the top players within specified elite leagues with an opportunity to be identified and evaluated for higher levels of play; (ii) provide a developmental experience; and (iii) recognize and reward individual performance and achievement. PDPs are operated in conjunction with elite leagues sanctioned by US Club Soccer.
Each Player Development Program includes a training session and two 11 vs. 11 games. U.S. Soccer scouts are in attendance at each PDP to observe the players.
Players are selected for the Player Development Programs based on their performance in ECNL competitions and by recommendations from ECNL coaches. The ECNL will be hosting nine PDP events across the country over the next 3 months, providing an opportunity for top players in every ECNL club. There are no costs for participation in Player Development Programs. The ECNL covers all staffing, facility rental and equipment costs for the ECNL PDPs. The only responsibility for participating players will be the cost of travel and accommodation.