The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club offers a Pre-ECNL as a pre-cursor to our ECNL Girls Program which is the highest level of play for our girls here at the club. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Emily McMillan at

Program Overview

The Pre-ECNL Program is the introduction of our female players to elite level training and identification opportunities at ages U11 and U12. The programming will be offered in the North and South regions. The players will be selected through the Player Placement Process and the top U11 and U12 teams from the two locations will be part of the Pre-ECNL Programming.

Throughout the playing season, these players will train three times a week at a high level with their staff coaches under supervision and instruction from the full ECNL staff. Players will remain in their respective locations throughout the season.  In addition to their league play, teams will be invited to ID events within Charlotte Independence Soccer Club to compete/train with Pre-ECNL players from all of our locations. Additionally, the Pre-ECNL teams will participate in National Events throughout the season and Festival games against other ECNL programs to provide the highest level of competition for the players. Programming will also introduce players to our club’s focus on sports performance through a nutritionist (upon request), athletic trainers and offseason training.

Pathway & Benefits

Throughout the season, players will be part of 8 Charlotte Independence Identification Sessions, led by our ECNL staff. Players will be introduced to the system and style of play within the ECNL Program to gear them for ECNL competition at U13. During the year, players will be exposed to our EXOS performance training program, Futsal programming in the offseason and Player Individual Development Plans to provide the best player development model possible. The Pre-ECNL program is a step above the Youth Academy level and the pre-cursor to our ECNL Girls Program, which is our highest level of play for our girls at the club.

Visual Pathway


  • Highest level of play for the female youth
  • Direct contact with our ECNL Staff
  • Identification Process throughout the entire season
  • Regional teams – to help avoid expansive travel at U11 & U12
  • National Events and Festival Events against other ECNL clubs

2020-2021 Club Fees


Pre-ECNL Program Director
Emily McMillan


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