RICHMOND, VA (January 10, 2018) – The inaugural Boys ECNL Season saw another first over the New Year holiday, as the first ever Boys ECNL National Event was held in Sanford, FL from December 31st to January 2nd. The event hosted 166 teams across the U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/U19 age groups. Over 80% of the member clubs were represented, with a total of 249 matches played over three days, and each team playing one game per day.
There are 3 regular season Boys ECNL National Events scheduled for the 2017-18 season, each designed to provide top-tier competition, with every team matched up against teams from other Boys ECNL conferences, and fantastic exposure to college coaches from across the country. Nearly 100 different universities were in attendance in Florida to evaluate and recruit Boys ECNL players, a huge statement for the first ever event.
“I actually love the cross over games.” said Dean Blain, ECNL Director of Tennessee Soccer Club. “Seeing first hand the different playing styles and depth of players from around the country speaks to the strength of the Boys ECNL. The founding member clubs believe in this platform, and the ability of this league to improve development. We are truly looking forward to what this first season brings, and what the future holds for our membership.”
Boys ECNL competition will be at full steam all over the country this spring, with clubs playing both conference and National Event games. Qualifiers from every Boys ECNL Conference will meet up with qualifiers from National Premier Leagues at the first ENPL Playoffs in June.