Arlington Soccer is fortunate to be affiliated with two elite level competitive frameworks in U. S. Soccer. ASA is one of a few clubs in the U.S. offers connections to both ECNL and the US Soccer Development Academy, and we are proud to be able to provide pathways to elite level programs for both girls and boys.
Via our affiliation with McLean Youth Soccer (MYS), ASA provides access for select players to the ECNL training environment and curriculum.
As a new Development Academy club, ASA provides strong connections to the developmental academy teaching methodologies and training environments. For more on both ECNL and the Development Academy programs, please read on.
U. S. Development Academy
What is the Development Academy Program?
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 to provide education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.
Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)
Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights; Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.
GOAL: The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model.