Girls Elite Clubs National League

In 2009, the Minnesota Thunder Academy girls program was announced as one of the 40 inaugural member clubs of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), the highest level of female youth soccer in the United States. The ECNL was founded by forward-thinking Directors of Coaching across the country who saw a need for change in and special commitment to improving the daily environment for American elite female youth soccer players. In fact, our own DOC, Danny Storlien, was one of the founders of ECNL! These directors came together and collaborated to build what has become the top female youth development platform in the world.  Sanctioned by US Club Soccer, the ECNL continues to be the most progressive and innovative development platform in the country.

Minnesota Thunder Academy is proud to be the only Minnesota club selected to compete in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) for both boys and girls.

Eclipse Select SC Lunar Oak Brook, Illinois
Eclipse Select SC Solar Oak Brook, Illinois
Elite Girls Academy Omaha, Nebraska
FC Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Kansas City Athletics Overland Park, Kansas
Michigan Hawks Livonia, Michigan
Michigan Hawks Blacks Livonia, Michigan
Midwest United Grand Rapids, Michigan
Minnesota Thunder Academy Richfield, Minnesota
St Louis Scott Gallagher – IL Collinsville, Illinois
St Louis Scott Gallagher – MO St. Louis, Missouri
Sporting Blue Valley Overland Park, Kansas
Sporting Iowa Des Moines, Iowa
Vardar SC Detroit, Michigan
What exactly is the ECNL?
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MTA is consistently the ONLY  Minnesota Club in the Top 100!

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The Elite Clubs National League has had an incredible impact on all levels of women’s soccer since its founding in 2009.

Over 90% of the ECNL’s Amazing Young Women go on to play collegiate soccer every year and make an impact at the next level as cataloged in the ECNL’s College Impact series.

ECNL 2019

1629 players:
1156 playing Collegiate Soccer
– 847 playing Division
– 309 playing Division II, III & Other

Over 1,100 college bound athletes in the class of 2019.  Girls ECNL is the top youth female development platform in the world.


2018 Big Ten Forward of the Year –  MTA’s own: April Bocking

Click here for detailed 2021-2022 Team Expectations/Coaches/Cost & More

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 Girls ECNL 2021-2022
03/04 Coach TBD
05 Coach TBD
06 Coach TBD
07 Coach TBD
08 Coach TBD
09 Coach TBD

+ 2010 Pre-ECNL Coach TBD

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

Player fees for 2021-2022 MTA ECNL are still TBD.

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

MTA 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).

2021-2022 ECNL National Events are TBD

2020-2021 ECNL National Events: 
Davis, CA October 6-8 2020
Texas Feb 15-17, 2021
Phoenix, AZ Apr 5-7, 2021
Greer, SC May 25-27, 2021
ECNL National Playoffs: Greensboro NC Late June if qualify
The ECNL post-season includes the National Playoffs and National Finals (July).

Girls College ID Camp
MTA ECNL Tryouts

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