NC Fusion Girls ECNL Program

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Learn More About the ECNL Program

The ECNL is an independent, non-profit, member-based 501(c)(3) organization, with an independent governance and leadership structure. The ECNL Board of Directors and staff solely governs all programs and platforms. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.


Mission: To “Raise the Game” by elevating standards and experience in all aspects of female youth soccer.


Implementation: The ECNL four primary platforms to accomplish its mission:


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The Elite Clubs National League is the highest competitive platform for youth soccer in the country.

NC Fusion’s ECNL program consists of two levels across the U13-U19 age groups:

NC Fusion ECNL

Mid-Atlantic Conference

  • U13 ECNL
  • U14 ECNL
  • U15 ECNL
  • U16 ECNL
  • U17 ECNL
  • U18/19 ECNL

NC Fusion ECNL Regional League

Carolinas Conference

  • U13 ECNL RL
  • U14 ECNL RL
  • U15 ECNL RL
  • U16 ECNL RL
  • U17 ECNL RL
  • U18/19 ECNL RL

Each team consists of 15-22 players with a maximum of 2 goalkeepers per team. The ECNL allows for up to 30 players per roster throughout the calendar year.

NC Fusion ECNL competes in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.

The following teams compete in this league:

  • NC Fusion
  • NCFC
  • Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC
  • Charlotte Independence
  • CESA
  • SC United
  • Richmond United
  • McLean YSA
  • BRYC
  • Loudoun SC
  • Virginia Development Academy

The competition platform is comprised of regional conferences and tiered levels of national competition to allow the best match-ups across the league. The ECNL also hosts National Events across the country to give member clubs the opportunity to compete against non-conference teams.

The ECNL competition platform is includes the following:

  • 610 ECNL Teams
  • 89 Member Clubs across 33 States
  • 8 Conferences
  • 8 National Events
  • Post-Season Qualification Events: ECNL Playoffs & National Finals
    • Champions League
    • North American Cup
    • Showcase Cup
    • Open Cup
  • 8 CSP Events: ECNL Conference Selection Program for Talent I.D.
  • All-Conference, All-Region, & All-American Awards
  • 1 National Training Camp
  • The H.E.R. Platform (a female-specific “Health & Education Resources” Platform)

2019 ECNL Club Map

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NC Fusion ECNL RL competes in the ECNL Regional League Carolinas beginning in the 2020-2021 season. The following clubs were admitted into the league:

  • NC Fusion
  • NCFC Elite
  • NCFC Premier
  • Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC
  • Charlotte Independence North
  • Charlotte Independence South
  • CESA
  • SC United

The ECNL Girls Regional Leagues provides a regional regular-season competition for teams from U13-U18/19, including a Regional League playoff at the end of the season. The top teams at the U15-U17 age groups will qualify for the Open Cup Division of the ECNL Girls Playoffs, the biggest and most competitive female youth soccer competition in the country.

The platform is not only expanding in leagues and clubs, but will soon be adding additional events, recognition and awards for top teams and players, and more programming for qualifying players and teams.

The ECNL Girls Regional League platform was piloted with one league in the 2018-19 season, expanded to six leagues in 2019-2020, and is poised for significant expansion for the 2020-2021 season, offering more clubs, teams, and players the opportunity to qualify for ECNL Girls competition.

2019 ECNL Regional League Club Map | 2020 Map Coming Soon...

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  • ECNL Record over the last two years:
    • 133 W | 66 L | 54 D 
  • 7x Champions League Qualification
  • 2x North American Cup Qualification
  • 9 Mid-Atlantic U15-U19 All Conference Award Winners

Team Achievements

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  • ECNL Champions League Qualification: 18/19, 19/20
  • North American Cup Qualification: 17/18
  • NC Fusion League Record: Most Wins in a Season: 17 – 2019/2020
  • NC Fusion League Record: Highest Goal Differential: +40 -2018/2019
  • All-Conference Award Winners: Madison Henry, Sarah Widderich, Madison Howard, Sophie Faircloth

ECNL 03

  • ECNL Champions League Qualification: 17/18, 18/19, 19/20
  • NC Fusion League Record: Most Champions League Qualifications: 3 Years in a Row
  • All-Conference Award Winners: Kendall France, Olivia Pratapas x2, Abbie Wise

ECNL 04

  • ECNL Champions League Qualification: 18/19
  • North American Cup Qualification: 19/20
  • ECNL National Selection Player at ECNL FL: Maria Vanore
  • All-Conference Award Winners: Chela Parris

ECNL 05

  • ECNL Champions League Qualification: 19/20

ECNL 06

  • USYS North Carolina State Cup Champions: 18/19

NC Fusion ECNL Benefits:

  • Program Specific Director & Connection to WPSL U23 Program
  • Quality Coaching – USSF Licensed Head Coaches
  • Normatec Recovery Boots
  • Club Travel by Charter Bus for Select Matches
  • All U13-U19 Teams Travel and Play Matches at the Same Venues
  • Goalkeeper Training
  • College Showcase Events
  • College Recruiting Advisor
  • Former College Coaches on Staff
  • Player to Player Mentorship Program
  • Player Safety – Concussion Baseline testing and ATC coverage at all games
  • Select Matches and Training Sessions Filmed
  • Match Analysis: Access to Spiideo Performance analysis software.
  • College Fit Finder Platform
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