Girls Elite Clubs National League – Overview

In 2009, the Minnesota Thunder Academy girls program was announced as an inaugural member club 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, Dan Storlien, was one of the founders of ECNL! These directors came together and collaborated to build what would become the top female youth development platform in the world.  The ECNL continues to be the most progressive and innovative development platform in the country.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.

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

#All-In ECNL

MTA Boys & Girls play ECNL

MTA ECNL Highlights

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

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

2020-2021 Team Expectations/Coaches/Cost & More

ECNL Midwest Conference

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
Minnesota Thunder Academy Richfield, Minnesota
SLSG – IL Collinsville, Illinois
SLSG – MO St. Louis, MO
Vardar SC Detroit, Michigan

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 2020-2021

02/03 Coach TBD
04 Coach TBD
05 Coach TBD
06 Coach TBD
07 Coach TBD
08 Coach TBD

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

Player fees for 2020-2021 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).

2020 ECNL National Events: 
Davis, CA October 6-8 2020
Texas Feb 15-17, 2020
Phoenix, AZ Apr 5-7, 2020
Greer, SC May 25-27, 2020
ECNL National Playoffs: Greensboro NC Late June if qualify

The ECNL post-season includes the National Playoffs and National Finals (July).

Girls Tryout Prep Camp
Girls MTA 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