Q. Why ECNL?
A. When choosing to transition from DA to ECNL, we thought of all of the opportunities each league provides. The DA is a very good program, it is just not ideal for our club.
What we like about ECNL:
Q. What is the goal of ECNL?
A. To change the landscape of elite women’s soccer in the USA.
Q. What is our Goal as a club?
A. While we have many, our overall goal is to provide the best experience. We recognize that this may be different for different players based on circumstances and we want to adjust to that.
Q. What age groups will compete in ECNL?
A. 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001/00
Q. What will our ECNL competition structure look like?
A. All ECNL teams will participate in conference play. Younger teams will play more conference games due to a lack of high school season. Some ages are required to participate in National Showcases as well. See below.
We will play in the Midwest conference.
Approximate Number of Conference Games:
2006: 20 games
2005: 20 games
20004: 12 games
2003: 12 games
2002: 12 games
2001/00: 12 games
Number of Showcases required:
2004: 2 mandatory
2003: 3 mandatory
2002: 3 mandatory
2001/00: 1 mandatory
If the team qualifies for post-season play, that is mandatory as well.
Q. Who is on the ECNL Technical Staff?
A. Huw Williams: Executive Director
Goran Huniak: Director of Coaching
Vlatko Andonvski: Technical Director
Q. Who are the ECNL coaches?
A. 2006: Huw Williams / Nico Cakarevic
2005: Lucas Rodriguez / Mike Cleary
2004: Stefan Stokic / Nia Jensen
2003: Brad Childers / Chris Thompson
2002: Vasil Ristov / Troy McKerrell
2000/2001: Goran Karadzov / Lucas Rodriguez / Vasil Ristov
*1st coach listed will be the ECNL coach; 2nd coach will be our Academy Premier Coach who will train adjacent to the ECNL teams. In the 00/01 age group we will have an 00/01 team playing ECNL, a 2001 team playing USYSA National League, and 1 00/01 team playing the new USYSA MRL.
Q. What will the roster size be?
A. 16-18 players
Q. What are the training expectations?
A. Teams will practice 3x per week. 2 practices will be held at Wyandotte and 1 practice will be held at Swope.
Q. What GK training can goalies expect?
A. Specialized goalkeeper training will be available at the start of all ECNL practices and 1 practice per week will be dedicated just to train the keepers. The GK coach will be announced shortly.
Q. What travel procedures will be followed?
A. Players and families will travel under their own accord. Players will be expected to arrive at hotel in time for a team meeting.
Q. What are the costs?
A. The cost for ECNL is similar to what other high level teams playing in other leagues such as MRL would pay.
2006 & 2005: $2300
2004 & Older: $2000 plus showcases
These prices include:
These prices do not include: Coaches travel for league play, tournaments or Showcases(including coach travel expenses) above the 2 included events.
Q. If my child does not make the ECNL team, what are the other options?
A. There are still great opportunities within KC Athletics on an Academy Premier team or Champions Academy team that plays in either the National League or MRL or appropriate levels in local leagues. There is also opportunity to move up as your child improves.
Q. What are the levels of the KC Athletics Player Pathway?
A. There are six levels in the player pathway:
III. Championship Academy Teams
V. Academy Premiere
VI. Academy Elite
*Find more information on the Player Pathway here.
2018 ECNL Tryout Dates
|Age||# of Conference Games||# of Showcases||Coach|
ECNL Midwest Conference Teams:
1.Eclipse Select SC – Chicago
2. SLSG – St. Louis, Mo.
3. SLSG – Collinsville, Ill.
4. Michigan Hawks - Detroit
5. Vardar SC - Detroit
6. FC Wisconsin - Milwaukee
7. Elite Girls Academy – Omaha
8. Minnesota Thunder – Minneapolis