Boys Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)
In 2019, the Minnesota Thunder Academy boys program was announced as a member club of the Boys ECNL. The Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL includes both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the Boys ECNL will advance to the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs.
The inaugural 2017-2018 season included 57 of the top boys soccer clubs throughout the country, with more than 9,000 players participating in the U14-U18/U19 age groups. In 2019-2020, the U13 age group was added.
The Boys ECNL is based on the values of grass-roots collaboration and innovation, and supports the independence and freedom of coaches and clubs to fully manage the development path for their players, including the system and style of play, the competitive calendar, and all aspects of the development path. The Boys ECNL will raise standards in training, competition, club organization, and coaching in a holistic development program.