RICHMOND, VA (April 16, 2018) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League is excited to announce that Seattle United FC 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.
Seattle United FC was formed in 2009, and currently has over 2,100 players across 146 teams. The club has captured numerous state cup championships, competing at both the Region IV and USYS National Championships. Seattle United is the only club in Washington to win the Dallas Cup. In addition, approximately 70 percent of alums go on to play collegiate soccer.
“ECNL presents a wonderful player pathway for our female players who aspire to play soccer in college,” said Amy Gaffney, Seattle United’s President of the Board. “The Board is excited to be able to offer to our female players collegiate exposure through ECNL events and showcases, and the top-notch development opportunities for players and coaches in the club.”
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.
“On behalf of the Girls ECNL, I am pleased to announce the addition of Seattle United FC to the Northwest Conference,” said ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The commitment to player development and competitive history will make the Girls ECNL a stronger league overall.”
Seattle United 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.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The Girls ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.