The Elite Clubs National League Boys (ECNL Boys) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The ECNL Boys will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the ECNL Boys will advance into the ECNL Boys Post-Season.
The ECNL Boys is based on the values of grassroots collaboration and innovation, and supports the independence and freedom of coaches and clubs to fully manage the development path for their players, including the system and style of play, the competitive calendar, and all aspects of the development path. The ECNL Boys will raise standards in training, competition, club organization, and coaching in a holistic development program.
The ECNL Boys is led by a Board of Directors elected by the member clubs.
2017-2018: Inaugural ECNL Boys Season
The inaugural ECNL Boys season, August 2017 to July 2018, included 57 of the top boys soccer clubs throughout the country, with more than 9,000 players participating in ECNL Boys competition in the U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/U19 age groups. The first season featured three National Events held in Florida, California and Pennsylvania. The ECNL Boys participated in the Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Post Season, which is run by US Club Soccer, with the ENPL Playoffs held in San Diego, CA (West) and Boston, MA (East) and the Finals held in Colorado. Four out of the five ENPL National Champions were ECNL Boys teams.
2018-2019: ECNL Boys Season
In it’s second season, 2018-19, the ECNL Boys saw several changes. The league added fourteen of the top boys clubs from around the country, bringing the total number of ECNL member clubs to 71. Each of the 71 member clubs had an ECNL Boys team in the U14 through U18/U19 age groups. The ECNL Boys offered four National Events: Oklahoma, Florida, California and Pennsylvania. The Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs were held in Rockford, IL run by US Club Soccer, with the ENPL Finals being held in Colorado. Seven of the ten teams participating in the ENPL Finals were ECNL Boys teams, further accounting for four of the five ENPL National Champions crowned during the event.
2019-2020: ECNL Boys Season
The 2019-20 ECNL Boys season saw yet another growth spurt for the league, increasing to 90 total member clubs across eight conferences, including the formation of a brand new Northwest Conference. Competition within the ECNL Boys also grew, including the Under-13 age group in official ECNL Boys league structure and launching the Conference Selection Program (CSP) and SuperCup player identification platforms. The ECNL Boys was set to offer four National Events during the 2019-20 season: Las Vegas, Florida, Greer, and Pennsylvania. Additionally, the league facilitated two National Events for the U13 & U14 ages, with the first built into its Last Vegas National Event and the second scheduled in Richmond, VA in early May 2020. The ENPL Playoffs and Finals, both managed by US Club Soccer, were to be held at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The season was suspended and eventually cancelled due to COVID-19.