CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 20, 2018) – The Elite National Premier League (ENPL) has announced a qualifying Boys ECNL Conference for the 2018-19 season in the mid-Atlantic region.
Qualifying 14-U to 19-U boys teams from this Boys ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in summer 2019. These teams earn qualification to the ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season. The Boys ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference joins previously announced qualifiers – consisting of NPLs and Boys ECNL Conferences – throughout the country.
The Boys ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference will include eight clubs from across the region who have distinguished themselves in a variety of different competitions in US Club Soccer and elsewhere over the past years: BRYC Elite Academy (VA), Carolina Rapids (NC), Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (SC), McLean YSA (VA), North Carolina Fusion (NC), North Carolina FC Youth (NC), South Carolina United (SC) and Wilmington Hammerheads (NC).
Here is a region-by-region breakdown in alphabetical order of conference names:
The ENPL is a collaboration between US Club Soccer and the ECNL to raise standards in youth boys soccer across the country. By providing qualification paths for both team-based and club-based competitions, the ENPL features the best boys players in US Club Soccer. The regular season competition within each NPL and Boys ECNL Conference are unique and independently structured, but all teams will be focusing on the same postseason destination: the ENPL Playoffs.
The 2017-18 season is the ENPL's inaugural campaign with postseason play this summer.
For 14-U through 17-U age groups, there is a two-stage playoff beginning with the ENPL Eastern & Western Playoffs, June 29-July 3 in Massachusetts and California, respectively. Winners from those events advance to the ENPL National Championship, July 13-14 in Colorado.
For 19-U competitors, there is a single-stage playoff, June 29-July 3 in Massachusetts. Winners from this ENPL National Championship, as well as the championship event of younger age groups two weeks later in Colorado will be considered US Club Soccer’s 2018 boys national champions.
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages. Among US Club Soccer's primary programming is the National Premier Leagues (NPL), a competitive nationwide platform for boys and girls consisting of 22 member leagues and more than 300 member clubs.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, and a variety of other programming and services. Anchored by Players First, US Club Soccer supports all facets of youth soccer through the five pillars of Players First: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. Other programming elements include the id2 Program and Player Development Program, and the National Cup.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and is supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.
Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to provide a top class, club-based development, training and competition platform for youth male soccer players in the United States. The mission of the Boys ECNL is to improve the landscape for players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming that raises standards of quality and improves the player experience in all aspects of the game.
The Boys ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.