Elite Clubs National League Facts
MTA Will Be Offering U14, U15, U16, U17, & U18 ECNL Teams

The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is the best league in the country for female soccer players.  Playing in the ECNL will provide your daughter with more training (3-5 times per week over 10 month period) and more meaningful games versus the Top 73 youth clubs in the nation to provide your daughter with the best experience possible.  

Player Identification Programs- Both the ID2 Program and the ECNL Player Development Program, offer female players the opportunity to take their game to the next level.  No other club in Minnesota is allowed to send players to the PDP program.   

10 Month Season- MTA will begin their ECNL season in mid October of 2015 and play through ECNL Nationals in Mid July of 2016.  

College Exposure- ECNL players are exposed to 400-500 college coaches throughout the regular season and during showcases.  The players are also constantly being evaluated by National team staff during National Event games and during technical training sessions.  

The Only ECNL Club- MTA was choosen as the only club in Minnesota to be in the ECNL.  No other club will be allowed into the ECNL from Minnesota.  MTA stands alone as the only soccer club in Minnesota that can provide this level of training, games, and exposure.

Overview of Teams
MN Thunder Development Academy will provide ECNL teams in the following age groups:

  • MTA ECNL 1998-99 Storlien
  • MTA ECNL 1999 Friendt
  • MTA ECNL 2000 Alberti
  • MTA ECNL 2001 Alberti
  • MTA ECNL 2002 Alberti
  • MTA ECNL 2003 Obermeyer
Tryouts July Tryouts July Tryouts July Tryouts July Tryouts July Tryouts
Training 3-4x week 3-4x week 3-4x week 3-4x week 3-4x week
Season Nov-July Nov-July Nov-July Nov-July Mid August-July

If you would like to set-up a trial, please contact Danny Storlien - dstorlien@mnthunderacademy.org

Opinions about the ECNL

  • Those of you familiar with ECNL soccer know the benefit of playing in this league.  Development, Competition, and Exposure.
  • The league is the best youth soccer league in the country.  
  • The competition is second to none at the youth or HS level.  
  • Those of you who are very serious about playing college soccer the ECNL will prepare you for that level.  
  • Every college coach we have talked to would want their future players playing in the ECNL versus playing High School.
  • For the very serious player, this will put MTA players on the same playing schedule as the top players and top programs around the country, like Michigan Hawks and most of CA and TX.

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