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ECNL Jul 10, 2023

First-ever ECNL Boys Conference Cup set to take place this summer featuring 90 top players

The ECNL Boys announced the inaugural ECNL Boys Conference Cup, to be held July 31 – August 4, 2023, at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California.

The ECNL Conference Cup is an exciting new opportunity for top players within the ECNL Selection Program. Approximately 90 of the top rising U16-U18 boys players from across the country will be placed into six different teams for a mini-game competition played over the course of three days. Each team will combine players from two different ECNL Boys Conferences, geographically linked to represent different areas of the country. The top teams from bracket play will meet in the championship game to determine the Conference Cup Champion.

“Welcoming 90 of the absolute best youth soccer players into one of the nicest training facilities in the world in Chula Vista will certainly make for a first-class environment,” said ECNL Boys Commissioner, Jason Kutney. “Designing this to be a true competition-based structure with an excellent coaching staff, including NCAA Men’s College Coaches, this will become a major point of motivation for the younger boys in our league moving forward.”

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The ECNL Conference Cup will be replacing the former ECNL National Training Camp, as the league continues to evolve programming to provide new and unique experiences for the nation’s top players. There is no cost for players to attend the ECNL Conference Cup – upon arrival, the league covers all food, accommodation, ground transportation, staffing, and all other costs.

Check out the information below to learn everything you need to know about the event.

Schedule: Every team will play five mini-games, with the top two teams meeting in the ECNL Conference Cup Championship.

Teams: The six teams will be formed from players from 12 ECNL Boys Conferences. Players were selected for the Conference Cup by ECNL player identification staff through a combination of scouting and recommendations based on performances over the past several months, including performances in National Selection Games throughout the 2022-23 ECNL National Events.

The conferences that comprise the six teams are listed below.

  • Team 1: Northeast/Mid-Atlantic
  • Team 2: Southeast/Florida
  • Team 3: Midwest/Ohio Valley
  • Team 4: Northern Cal/Northwest
  • Team 5: Texas/Heartland
  • Team 6: Mountain/Southwest

Rosters: Rosters for the inaugural ECNL Boys Conference Cup will be announced in the coming weeks.