The Elite Clubs National League was created in 2009 with the mission to enhance the developmental experience of the best female youth soccer players in the United States, and by doing so improve and raise the level of female soccer at all levels. In only 5 years, the ECNL has quickly grown to become the top youth female league in the world.
MN Thunder is proud to be the only metro based club to be part of the US Soccer Development Academy.
The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and 78 of the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players.
For the 2014-2015 season, the NPL’s Midwest Development League will split into two Divisions - an Academy Division and an Independent Division. The Academy Division will consist only of clubs that also have a program in the US Soccer Development Academy.