ECNL | The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is the highest level of competition for youth soccer in the United States. Independence Soccer Club fields one Girls ECNL team in each age group, U13 – U19. Our ECNL teams will compete in the midAtlantic Division of ECNL which consists of top teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as well as several national level ECNL and Showcase events. There is a potential for national post season play in the summer if teams perform well enough.
ECNL Regional League | ECNL Regional Leagues (ECNL RL) are the second tier of competition within the ECNL structure. The ECNL Regional League teams are highly selective. The league consists of clubs throughout North and South Carolina. Independence Soccer Club currently fields two regionalized teams per age group (U13-U19) with one based in the south area of the Independence Club geography and one based in the north area of the Independence Club geography. There is a potential for regional and national post season play if the teams perform well enough.
Select | The Select program is our bridge program between national and competitive programs. Select players participate in a local area competitive Blue team for their main season. They participate with their Blue team for league games and events and train three nights per week. Select players then come together one additional night per week for training with their Select team. The Select team will participate in a number of additional national level events (typically four) that are outside of their Blue team’s schedule.
Competitive Programs [Blue/Tan/White/Navy] | Competitive programs are comprised of locally based teams. As they name suggests, however, they are competitive in nature. Teams play within their respective state associations (NCYSA in North Carolina and SCYSA in South Carolina). Team travel depends on the age and level of the team – while some teams generally compete in the greater Charlotte area, others compete state-wide. Teams also compete in several outside tournaments and showcases throughout the season. Blue level teams are our highest level of local competitive teams with a higher level of commitment required (three team trainings per week versus two) and generally see more travel for both league play and tournaments, while Tan, White and Navy level teams are generally considered more developmental level teams.
Youth Academy | Our Youth Academy Player Development Philosophy will be structured around creating confident, brave, creative, problem-solving players, focusing on individual player improvement, maximizing technical ability, ball mastery, and game-related decision making, inside small-sided game environments. All players will be encouraged to enjoy a love for the game of soccer through a fun, safe and active soccer experience, allowing players to drive their own development in an environment focused on player growth and development, over winning. Our Youth Academy development curriculum will center on creating a culture of excellence early in our players, maintaining high standards for hard work, respect, and teamwork. Teams in the Youth Academy may play other club’s academy teams in friendly type events or play in league play depending on the age group within the Academy.