Acceptance to ECNL

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  1. Derek Mays

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    Maybe there is an easy answer out there that I haven't seen, but what is the criteria for a club to be accepted to play in the ECNL? Is it a very selective process and/or cost a lot of money to be a member? It seems like there are such good clubs in the Sacramento/Bay area and I was surprised by how few are a part of the ECNL. If they had double the number of teams, it could provide the same quality of games with half the travel cost?
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    Travel is explicitly and intentionally designed into ECNL. Getting into ECNL is very selective.

    "Elite Clubs National League"

    Elite: You have to be an elite club on the national level, not elite in your city or geography. This isn't like the title inflation that plagues Norcal Super-platinum-double-elite-the-bestest divisions. They really do mean, "Can compete at National Level events."

    National: They intend for it to be a national league. Sure, you have your conferences, but those are multi-state, and if you win them, you move on to national level events (and even if you don't, you are expected to attend national tournaments.) If travel is a concern, then you shouldn't be playing in a national league.

    The goal is to have relatively few destination clubs within a geographic area, precisely so that the playing level isn't diluted. The theory is that the strongest players, and only the strongest players, will play for the teams.
    Only relatively few players need to travel nationally to get good games. ECNL is designed to get those players onto the same teams, so they can go together. Many more would do well to travel only regionally. And, many, many more would do well to stay within a day's drive.

    Doubling the number of teams would seriously reduce the level of play. You can see that in GDA.

    In my opinion, even ECNL is slightly too large for its goals, but it has to have enough clubs to be viable.
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    As to the precise criteria, you can find an application on the ecnl web site.

    Officially, you just a bunch of coaching licenses, strong teams in all age groups, good fields, and a proven track record. But they organization really does want to create destination clubs, so adding more in an area already covered is against their goals.
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