Loudoun Soccer joins Girls ECNL for 2018-2019 season
RICHMOND, VA (Via ECNL) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League has announced that Loudoun Soccer will be joining the Girls ECNL beginning in the 2018-2019 ECNL Season. The Girls ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.
Loudoun Soccer is based in Northern Virginia with a proven track record of success and development. In the 2016-17 season alone, Loudon teams won 3 Virginia state titles and 2 Region 1 Championships (U12 girls and U15 girls). In the past 9 seasons, the club has sent more than 100 female players into college soccer, with two alums currently playing professionally – Whitney Church (Washington Spirit) and Ellie Zoepfl (West Ham United Ladies).
“Loudoun Soccer is delighted to join the Girls ECNL.” said Mark Ryan, Technical Director for Loudoun Soccer. “The Girls ECNL’s focus on elite female athletes, and its professional and collaborative approach, match our club’s philosophy and needs. We look forward to providing those players in Loudoun County the opportunity to develop and compete on a nationwide platform.”
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The Girls ECNL is the nation’s top development and competition platform for female soccer players, with conference competition in six age groups (U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and unmatched collegiate exposure through the ECNL National Events, the largest collegiate showcases in the country. In addition to the competition platform, the Girls ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players in every conference, unique coaching education and club development programs, and player health and education resources.
“We are very excited to welcome Loudoun Soccer into the Girls ECNL,” said ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The history, leadership, and performance level of Loudoun Soccer will make them a great club in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, and will make the Girls ECNL a stronger league overall.”
Loudoun Soccer will begin formal competition in the Girls ECNL in August 2018. Additional new clubs will be announced in the Girls ECNL in the coming weeks.