This past weekend Orlando City Youth Soccer, in partnership with ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) and the Seminole County Sports Commission, hosted the 4th annual ECNL College Showcase at Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford.
In attendance were 180 teams from ECNL clubs located in different parts of the country, as well as more than 400 college coaches. Teams from the U15-U18 age groups competed over the span of three days and some of the very best talent the ECNL has to offer was on display. OCYS had four teams included in this event, and the squads turned in a very impressive overall mark of 5 wins, 4 losses and 3 ties in the club’s inaugural season in ECNL events.
The OCYS U15 team defeated both Connecticut FC and Scorpions SC but tied FC DELCO during their weekend. Meanwhile, the U16 team lost their first two matches against St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC (SLSG) and Mclean Youth Soccer Club, but tied their final match of the weekend against Lonestar.
The U17’s lost two matches during the showcase but defeated FC Bucks 3-2, while the U18’s drew against FC Stars and defeated Solar-Chelsea SC and FC DELCO.
“The support from David Hicks (OCYS), along with the volunteers he organized was top notch," said Sarah Kate Noftsinger, ECNL Commissioner. "The volunteers were well organized, reliable, hospitable, easy to work with, and deserve a huge thank you!"
Congratulations to all of the teams and staff that participated in the ECNL Showcase!
The Elite Clubs National League, Inc. (“ECNL”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member-based organization founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of the female youth soccer players in the United States through:
- Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true nationally-based competitive league with multiple flights;
- Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competition; and
- Improving the daily training environment at female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.