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Life In The Boys ECNL

By Ohio Elite, 03/12/18, 3:45PM EDT


Still in the early stages of the inaugural Boys ECNL season, coaches and players are enjoying the experience.  With 55 clubs nationally and growing, the platform and competition demand that everyone improves each outing.  The Boys ECNL is a highly competitive league that combines regional league with national events and allows players to continue to compete with their high school teams.

"Teams, players, and coaches are all quality.  You can't relax or you will pay for it'" commented Dave Schureck, Boys Director.  "The level is high. When you make a mistake, you will get punished."

Mirroring the highly successful Girls ECNL, which is in their 9th season, the Boys ECNL has quickly become a top league in the country.  Broken into regional conferences, each club supports teams in the U14, U15, U16, U17, and U19 age groups.  Each member club competes against the other clubs in their conference across all age groups and battle out of conference foes in the ECNL National Events.

"Having played in both the development academy and now the Boys ECNL, I would say the Boys ECNL offers the same, if not more, opportunities to showcase your talents in front of a wide variety of college coaches," stated Alex Galbraith, former DA player with Shattuck St. Mary's, now with Ohio Elite. "I also think the Boys ECNL is a comparable level that allows players to play for their high school teams and enjoy that experience as well."

The 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.   

BOYS ECNL Conference Map

Ohio Elite competes in the Midwest Conference that stretches from Pittsburgh through Detroit and down to St. Louis.  All teams in the club play their opponent club on a single day.  Other clubs in the Midwest include Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Vardar (MI), Michigan Wolves, Ohio Premier, FC Pride (IN), Eclipse SC (IL), FC Wisconsin, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois, and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri.

Added to the conference schedule, teams compete in national events against teams outside their conference.  All games are located at a single facility and all teams in a club compete throughout the day allowing coaches and other teams to watch games.

"In the first-ever national event in December, there were over 100 college coaches," expressed Dave Schureck. "We played teams from Boston, Texas, Florida, and Las Vegas. The fields were terrific and the ECNL ran referee education to bring in some of the top officials in the country."

Path to a National Title

Every league match is worth points.  At the end of the season, conference winners are announced. Qualifying teams from each Boys ECNL Conference, and from selected US Club Soccer National Premier Leagues (NPLs), will meet in the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) to crown a National Champion.

This structure is created to provide the best possible post-season college showcase environment.  To further facilitate this, the ENPL Playoffs will include an additional tier of competition at 16-U and 17-U for additional teams from each conference to participate and compete for a championship.

Why the ECNL...

  • Highly competitive
  • Allows athletes to compete with high school teams
  • Exposure and showcasing to colleges and beyond
  • Player development through id2 and pdp selection
  • All Conference and All American recognition
  • League sponsored club, coach, referee, and player development

If interested in finding out more about the Boys ECNL, go to  Interested in playing in the ECNL, contact Dave Schureck at