ECNL UPDATE from the League
To say that youth soccer is in a time of significant change and uncertainty is an understatement. Between the COVID-19 quarantine, leagues ending, leagues beginning, concerns regarding roster formation and player retention, and everything in between, the youth soccer landscape is more active than ever.
In the middle of this whirlwind, I want to assure you that our league is strong, our leadership is calm, and the foundation of the ECNL - our focus on youth players, coaches and clubs - is unshakable.
While the priority for us all is to help our country and sport come through this pause in play safely, planning is also underway for our return to play. We are evaluating the optimal structure for the fall and beyond while recognizing that there are many unknowns. The current cascade of press releases, articles, phone calls, and rumor is creating more ambiguity and uncertainty for many as they struggle to see what their landscape looks like in the future, but our vision forward is clear: we remain committed to
Raising the Game
with the best interests of the players first
Thanks to the fantastic work of our staff and the tremendous commitment and support of our members, our league is poised to whether the unique challenges that all of us face today. When we all return to play, the ECNL will be in a stronger and better position than ever before.
The timeline for when the suspension of the game ends is uncertain, but we are confident in the outcome. We will remain true to the principles that have been the bedrock of the ECNL since its beginning. We will provide the same level of service for our member clubs, our format will remain true to the values that have anchored the leagues for years, and we will be laser-focused on our mission to improve the youth landscape together.
We will keep you informed as frequently as possible in this process, and we will share information with you that may help in the planning for your club as appropriate.
Thank you for being a part of the ECNL, and thank you for supporting the values and principles of our great league.