Player Identification Program Background

The ECNL Player Identification Platform was created to provide a better, more efficient, and streamlined process for identifying players with the potential to play at the highest levels. The ECNL Player Identification Platform was created with the following assumptions: 

  • Players should be scouted and evaluated in their regular environment;
  • There should be no additional cost to players for scouting and identification;
  • To insure accurate evaluations, players should be evaluated by multiple people over multiple events; and
  • To insure accurate evaluations, the coaches that train and develop the identified players should be consulted as the best source of information regarding overall ability, mentality, and current form.

By scouting players in their regular team environment, while they are competing against the best players in the country, the ECNL Player Identification Platform increases opportunities for identified players at no additional cost to the players.

ECNL Player Development Programs

ECNL players are scouted and evaluated at every ECNL National Showcase.  The scouting information is combined with additional recommendations from Directors of Coaching and other respected coaches across the country to identify players that are invited to participate in the ECNL Player Development Program events.

Every ECNL Conference has a Player Development Program (PDP) event at least 1 time per year.

ECNL PDP events provide an opportunity for the top players within every ECNL Conference to play with and against the best players within their region at multiple age groups, and to attend presentations from leading coaches or experts in elite athlete development. ECNL PDPs are created with three primary goals:

(i) Identify the top players within each ECNL Conference at multiple age groups;
(ii) Provide a developmental experience; and
(iii) Recognize and reward individual performance and achievement.
ECNL Player Development Programs are operated in conjunction with US Club Soccer’s id2 Player Development Program, and are sanctioned by the US Olympic Committee as Olympic Development Programs.
A typical ECNL PDP event occurs over two days and includes three training sessions/matches and a presentation for the players.  All players also receive Nike training gear to keep.  The ECNL covers all costs of participation in the ECNL PDP event, excluding travel costs.

ECNL National Training Camp

The ECNL National Training Camp occurs once every year in Portland, OR (at Nike headquarters), and includes the very best players within the ECNL.  Players are selected for the ECNL National Training Camp based upon scouting over the course of the season at ECNL National Events, performance at ECNL Player Development Program events, and objective recommendations from coaches and Directors of Coaching across the country.

The ECNL National Training Camp is operated in conjunction with US Club Soccer's id2 Player Identification and Development Program, and is sanctioned by the US Olympic Committee as an Olympic Development Program.

The camp occurs over the course of three-and-a-half days, and all expenses for the players are covered by the ECNL and Nike.  The camp includes a series of training sessions, matches, and off-field presentations.

The camp is staffed by some of the best youth soccer coaches across the country.  

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