Boys ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) – Overview

The Boys ECNL provides a top level, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players, with conference competition in six age groups (U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and collegiate exposure through multiple Boys ECNL National Events. In addition to the competition platform, the Boys ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players, as well as unique coaching education and club development programs. Top teams from every Boys ECNL conference qualify for the post-season ENPL Playoffs, along with top teams from US Club Soccer’s NPLs.

About Boys Elite Clubs National League: Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to provide a top class, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players in the United States. The mission of the Boys ECNL is to improve the landscape for players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming that raises standards of quality and improves the player experience in all aspects of the game. The Boys ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.

Facebook: /BoysECNL | Twitter: @BoysECNL

MTA began formal competition in the Boys ECNL with the 2019-2020 season.
Minnesota Thunder Academy is proud to be the only Minnesota club selected
to compete in the Boys & Girls Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

#All-In ECNL

MTA Boys & Girls play ECNL

What does ECNL mean for you?

-Play on your HS team
-Play high level, nationally
-Maximum college exposure
-Train with licensed coaches

Are you ready for #NextLevel?

“We are very excited to welcome MTA into the Boys ECNL, and to have them as an ‘All-In’ ECNL club,” said Christian Lavers, Boys ECNL President. “The club’s history speaks for itself, and their addition to the Midwest Conference will make the conference better and stronger on the field and in many other ways.”

Christian Lavers, Boys ECNL President
Click here for 2020-2021 Team Expectations, Coaches, Costs & More

Boys ECNL Midwest Conference

Eclipse Select SC Oak Brook, Illinois
FC Pride Indianapolis, Indiana
FC Wisconsin Germantown, Wisconsin
Minnesota Thunder Academy Richfield, Minnesota
Rockford Raptors FC Loves Park, Illinois
SLSG-IL Collinsville, Illinois
SLSG-MO Fenton, Missouri
  • Very strong regional and national competition
  • National ECNL Playoff structure
  • Standard of Play and expectations are similar in ECNL as in DA
  • ECNL provides a highway to collegiate soccer, with its systematic scouting and identification programming.
  • ECNL regional & national events draw hundreds of college coaches from across the country.
  • ECNL substitution rules allow for more college exposure than in the DA
  • Players will still be able to play high school soccer
  • Top notch, highly licensed, professional coaching staff.
  • 3-4 high quality sessions per week

Teams are based in the Twin Cities metro area.  Players include those from hometowns in the Twin Cities as well as out-state Minnesota.

MTA Boys ECNL 2020-2021

Birthyear Team Age Coach
2008 U13 TBD
2007 U14 TBD
2006 U15 TBD
2005 U16 TBD
2004 U17 TBD
2003/2002 U18/19 TBD

Training Frequency: 3-4 times per week.
Primary Locations:  Academy of Holy Angels Turf (Richfield), Richfield High School

Player fees for the 2020-2021 MTA ECNL is still TBD.

Uniforms, team events, tournament registration fees, and travel expenses are not included in player fees.
More details HERE

MTA Boys ECNL teams typically participate in 2 of the 4 ECNL National Events per year in addition to ECNL Midwest Conference league play and ECNL post-season play (if the team qualifies).

Boys ECNL National Events are typically held in November, December, April, and May.  Past locations have included Oklahoma, Florida, San Diego & Pennsylvania.

The Boys ECNL post-season includes the National Playoffs and National Finals.

Why Choose MTA

  • Year-round training with the top talent in Minnesota.

  • Highly-qualified coaches with US Soccer & NSCAA accreditation.

  • Perfect for serious players who seek a high level of competition.

  • Gain visibility to collegiate scouts and national team coaches.

What Parents Say

MTA provides elite coaching and technical training other clubs cannot match. They also understand how to prepare the kids for the next level.

The kids that gravitate to MTA push each other to be better soccer players while being good people.

The coaching is consistent. It doesn’t matter who the coach is or what level—Each and every coach is teaching the players how to possess the ball and increasing their soccer IQ. We are always please with the methods.

The training, teaching of ball control and footwork, and knowledge of game strategy is hands above community clubs.

Training is great! If you want to play college soccer MTA is heads above everyone else.

As the years go by, our son is growing so much as a player and we are excited for his future with the club

Great coaching staff!


Challenging every player, at every level, thereby giving an equal opportunity to develop to anyone who wants it.

The coaching and training is excellent as well as the facilities for winter training.

MTA provides a safe and effective training environment.  They provide top level coaching for the elite teams and challenge the players to develop their skills.

MTA provides opportunities for soccer players who are very dedicated to the sport through great coaching and playing opportunities.

My son’s coach truly cares about him and every player on his team.

MTA Players Have Represented