Nine Vardar girls were selected to participate in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Player Development Program event to be held Feb. 8 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Emma Groffsky, Bella Habuda and Taylor Timko were selected from Vardar's U18s. Kelly Sweeney, Madison Toth, Annie Walker and Jaclyn White were selected from Vardar's U17s. Delaney Horton and Connor Rae Huggins were selected from Vardar's U16s. More information about the ECNL and the PDP event are provided below by the ECNL. Congratulations girls and best of luck at the event.
Roster, schedule announced for ECNL PDP in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
ECNL website | Roster | Schedule
RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 3, 2014) – The roster and schedule for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Player Development Program event to be held Feb. 8 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.,have been announced. The event will be held at the University of Central Michigan’s indoor facility, with some of the best players from the following Midwestern ECNL clubs: Carmel SC (Ind.), Cleveland Internationals (Ohio), Michigan Hawks, Ohio Premier, Ohio Elite, and Vardar SC (Mich.).
For a full roster of the participating players, including team assignments for this event, click here.
Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally-based identification and development programs within US Club Soccer’s id2 Program with three primary goals: (i) provide the top players within specified elite leagues with an opportunity to be identified and evaluated for higher levels of play; (ii) provide a high quality developmental experience; and (iii) recognize and reward individual performance and achievement. PDPs are operated in conjunction with elite leagues sanctioned by US Club Soccer.
The ECNL PDP in Michigan will include a training session and one 11 vs. 11 game for each player. Top players from each ECNL PDP, along with other players scouted in ECNL competition throughout the year, will be considered for invitations to the ECNL / id2 National Training Camp in August.
The full schedule of events is available here.
Players are selected for the Player Development Programs based on their performance in ECNL competitions and by recommendations from ECNL coaches. The ECNL will be hosting 10 PDP events across the country over the next three months, providing an opportunity for top players in every ECNL club.
There are no costs for participation in Player Development Programs. The ECNL covers all staffing, facility rental and equipment costs for the ECNL PDPs. The only responsibility for participating players will be the cost of travel and accommodation (if necessary).
ABOUT THE ELITE CLUBS NATIONAL LEAGUE (ECNL):
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) 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 competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.
The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer. The Army National Guard is the official military branch of the ECNL.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States. US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and the Army National Guard.