The Girls Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) will launch a Regional League — Northeast Conference beginning with the 2019-2020 season.
According to officials, the new league is part of an effort to provide competition and development opportunities for a deeper player pool. The Northeast Conference will include competition at the following age groups; U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/U19.
Currently, the league’s Northeast Conference includes 13 clubs across six states; New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Three teams from New York — East Meadow Soccer Club, SUSA FC and World Class FC — currently play in the Northeast Conference.
The girls Regional League platform was piloted in Texas in the 2018-19 season, where seven clubs within the ECNL Texas Conference participated in four age groups. Officials said the Regional League – Texas Conference was successful, providing “great competition” within a professional environment, and will expand in 2019-20.
ECNL officials said the Regional Leagues provide local and regional competition within a conference structure and are operated and managed by the Girls ECNL. The leagues are also said to allow for improved coordination between teams of different levels within member clubs and provide an opportunity for players to develop and prepare for the Girls ECNL in the future.
Qualifiers from Girls ECNL Regional Leagues will earn post-season competition opportunities beginning in June 2020.
More information regarding the girls Regional Leagues will be released in the coming weeks.