SEATTLE, WA— (club release) Seattle Reign FC announced today that the Seattle Reign Academy has been offered membership in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) beginning in the 2016 – 2017 season.
The ECNL is the top female youth club competition in the world. Every ECNL club competes in the U-14 through U-18 age groups in regular season conference-based competition, as well as ECNL National Events. The ECNL also manages player identification and development programs across the country, player health, education and performance platforms, and club development and coaching education programs with experts from around the globe. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
“We are very excited to begin a long relationship with the Seattle Reign in the ECNL,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “We believe a strong relationship between NWSL clubs like the Seattle Reign and the ECNL will help grow and promote women’s soccer across the country, and will lead to huge synergies for players and organizations at all levels.”
Seattle Reign Academy, created through a partnership with Seattle United, provides a comprehensive competitive platform for elite-level female youth soccer players in the Seattle region. Seattle Reign Academy is led by Laura Harvey, head coach and general manager of Reign FC, who is also the Academy’s executive director. Tracey Kevins serves as Technical Director of the Seattle Reign Academy, leading the development and implementation of Reign FC’s youth curriculum, identifying and managing all Academy coaches, and leading the day-to-day operations of the Academy.
“The mission for the Seattle Reign Academy is to provide the best possible development opportunities and standard of play for the players involved in our academy,” said Harvey. “ECNL has developed the strongest program in the country to support our mission. We’re really excited about joining the ECNL– we believe it will be a massive opportunity for our club and its players.”
In its six years of existence, the ECNL has become the top youth female youth development platform in the world, the most heavily scouted platform for college soccer, and players developed by ECNL clubs now constitute over 80 percent of the total US Soccer Youth National Team player pool.
There are currently 79 ECNL clubs around the United States. Seattle Reign Academy is the 3rd club in Washington State to become an ECNL member club. The other two clubs are Washington Premier and Crossfire Premier.
“For the past three years Reign FC has demonstrated its commitment to world-class soccer with its NWSL side,” said Tracey Kevins, Technical Director of Seattle Reign Academy. “We are striving to create a similar environment for our Academy teams, preparing our players for college and the NWSL.”
“We partnered with the Seattle Reign to provide elite level girls in Seattle a clear pathway to playing at the highest level, under the technical leadership of some of the best women’s professional coaches in the world,” said Steve Morrissey, President of Seattle United. “The Seattle Reign Academy’s acceptance into the ECNL really validates what our organizations are building together.”
Seattle Reign Academy will enter ECNL competitions beginning in November of 2016 with teams in each of the five ECNL age groups. Players interested in playing for the Seattle Reign Academy must have been born between the years of 1999 to 2003 to participate in the 2016 – 2017 ECNL season.
Seattle Reign Academy staff will be conducing ECNL tryouts between May 2nd to the 10th. For more information and registration details please visit http://www.seatlereignacademy.com.
About Seattle Reign FC:
Seattle Reign FC is one of ten teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and around the world. Seattle Reign FC train and host home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle on the Seattle Center campus. For more information on the club visit reignfc.com.