2011 D1 Girls Teams Participation
U9-U13 Gold and Silver Teams – these teams will continue participation in the local regional league and
the statewide league affiliated with Nor Cal Premier soccer as appropriate by age and by level of play.
This has been consistent for the past few years.
U14-U18 Gold Teams – These teams will participate in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)and the
Nor Cal regional academy league as outlined below.
U14-U18 1st and 2nd Silver teams – These teams will play in the league which offers the most local
competition. That currently looks as though it is Nor Cal Premier. DFC, Walnut Creek, Lamorinda, Bay
Oaks, San Ramon, Castro Valley, Dublin, Newark, Fremont, ACC Mavericks and EDYSL have all indicated
their intent to participate in the local leagues. The better silver teams that would qualify for the Nor Cal
Premier regional academy league would face De Anza, Cal Odyssey, San Juan, Placer, DFC, Marin, Sac
United, Davis, Bay Oaks, ACC Mavericks, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa and Modesto Ajax as they have all
indicated they will pursue participation in the new Regional academy league.
ECNL – Elite Clubs National League
This will be the primary playing league for our U14-U18 Division 1 gold teams for 2011-2012.
This program was started about three years ago and has made great strides in becoming the top girls
program in the nation. Here are some of the highlights of this new league and what it has achieved in
three years time.
Has increased its league size to 66 clubs ( There were 90 applications from clubs around the
nation to join in 2011-2012 and only 14 top clubs were selected)
Has added these top southern California clubs to the league (So Cal Blues, Surf, Slammers, Real
So Cal, West Coast, Irvine Strikers, Arsenal, and Camarillo Eagles)
Has added Midwest and East coast clubs such as (Dallas Texans, Dallas Sting, Sereno, Eclipse,
PDA Fury, CASL, FC Stars Mass, Real Colorado and Colorado Rush)
US National Scouts attending Events and ID camps for selecting players to National team
Scouting program at each event for identification of talent that will be brought in to camp
attended by National team Scouts
College showcase events for the u15-u18 age groups (regularly attended by college coaches)
The inclusion of Nike as a major sponsor of the league – Demosphere ,Inc – US Club Soccer
National Event for each age group where a National champion is crowned as well as a National
club champion is awarded for the top club
Has added a Commissioner - Sarah Kate Noftsinger
Playing league as well as showcase events
Age groups will be u14 – u18
For more information about the philosophy of the ECNL
Main Link – www.eliteclubsnationalleague