RICHMOND, VA (March 29, 2019) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League is excited to renew its partnership with the International Champions Cup (ICC) by supporting the 2019 ICC Futures Tournament. The second annual ICC Futures Tournament will be held December 10-16, 2019 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, and this year will include a new U15 girls age group.
The ICC Futures Tournament will feature twelve U15 girls teams, including international clubs from some of the top girls youth academies in the world and four ICC Regional All-Star Teams. The ICC Regional All-Star team selection processwill be powered by ECNLcoaches around the country. ICC Regional All-Star teams powered by the ECNL will include top players throughout each of the four regions: West, Midwest, South and East. Any player, regardless of club background or league affiliation, is available for selection.
|ICC-All Stars WEST||ICC-All Stars MIDWEST||ICC-All Stars SOUTH||ICC-All Stars EAST|
|Montana||Missouri||North Carolina||New Jersey|
|New Mexico||Nebraska||South Carolina||Pennsylvania|
|Oregon||North Dakota||Tennessee||Rhode Island|
“The ICC Regional All-Star Teams powered by the ECNL will provide young players experience in great international competition, in an incredible environment, and alongside the best players in the country,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “We support the ICC in bringing selected players together for representative competition using the network of the ECNL, and feel this format will provide the best level of competition, insure that the most deserving players are selected, and provide a unique learning experience. This should be a great advertisement for the future of the women’s game.”
More information regarding the ICC Futures will be released in the coming months.
About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.