Do you need to play GDA or ECNL to play college soccer?

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  1. ECNL

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    absolutely not!!!!!

    Here are the commits for NPL.......D1 commits/total commits

    West coast...................4/15
    Ceres Earthquakes......1/11
    Odyssey FC..................1/11
    Union FC......................1/6
    SF Elite.........................2/5
    San Juan South............2/9
    Sporting FC..................0/4
    PSV...............................1/5
    Sac United....................1/4
    Blues.............................0/5
    Palo Alto.......................0/5
    Marin FC......................2/6
    Clovis............................4/9
    CCSA.............................2/6


    ECNL/GDA
    Mustang.......................17/22
    Rage..............................4/12
    San Juan.......................8/12
    MVLA............................5/7
    Davis..............................12/17
    Santa Rosa.....................1/3

    Thorns..........................5/14
    Placer............................2/8
    lamorinda......................?
    Earthquakes...................9/11
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    Not sure about other GDA/ECNL clubs listed but of the Mustang 22, that includes a number of players from the NPL team (further evidence of your point, @ECNL , that you don't need to play ECNL/NPL to play in college). Thanks for posting this list.
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    Would be great to see a chart/graph w these #’s and yearly club costs, amount of games played / traveled (missing school), & ability to play HS Soccer / other platforms. Good piece for new parents/ players deciding where to play -
    It’s hilarious one of the top clubs in the nation has to fly state to state to play quality games when they have 3 to 4 top ranked clubs in the nation in their own backyard.
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    This may look like I'm taking issue with @LivingTheDream 's comment - I am not at all because, as a general matter, that information is really interesting/important for those parents who see this as transactional - it is "worth it" to put $$$ into sport if little girl or little boy "earns" that scholarship return. But I wonder what the cost comparison is to elite youth musicians - not those that will get music scholarships but those who might travel for performances, recitals, cultural exchanges, have group rehearsals and private teachers, have expenses with equipment (purchase, advancement, upkeep), etc.

    I ask because I always think that part of our jobs as parents is to do what we can and use the resources we can to help our kids pursue their interests. I use "resources" flexibly - it may mean $$$, it may mean time with the child, it may mean time spent researching teachers, programs, events, it may mean a lot of other ways in which we soccer parents support our kids. When I consider the list of kids who will be playing at the next level, I think less about whether the "investment" might be worth it for those parents when looking at $$$ in and $$$ back (with scholarships, preferential admission, etc.) and more about whether the "investment" is worth in terms of supporting the child in his or her pursuit of the sport at the highest level available to him/her.

    I know some of the non-ECNL/non-GDA girls on that list and I am confident that their parents consider the resources they were able to dedicate to support their daughters' activities to be "worth it". Not because of scholarship level but because "we do what we can as parents" to keep our kids active, interested, developing (as people).
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    That's a great list @ECNL! I agree with LTD. It would be interesting to see a longitudinal study on how much a group of families pay from start of soccer till they graduate and go play in college (or those that do not play). For a kid who gets a 50% scholarship for 4 years to say UCSB (about 30-35k per year) or Pepperdine (70k a year), that total cost is right around 60k-140k after all is said and done-so yes it would be good investment. Anson Dorrance once said that if you're good enough, they'll find you and I think it's absolutely true. We, the consumers drink the kool-aid of ECNL, GDA, ODP, and PDP platforms. I also think that while people scoff at the thought of playing anything other than D1 is a complete travesty.

    But it doesn't hurt to play in an ECNL/GDA platform for maximum exposure

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