Unleashing Soccer's Finest: An Insider's Guide to the Electrifying ECNL Girls National Playoffs

The ECNL Girls National Playoffs are happening at San Diego's Surf Cup Sports Park. From June 24th to June 30th, 348 teams in six age groups are competing. The Champions League teams aim for a spot in the ECNL Girls National Finals in July in Richmond, Virginia. With numerous collegiate and professional scouts in attendance, this event is highly anticipated in youth soccer.

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Unleashing Soccer's Finest: An Insider's Guide to the Electrifying ECNL Girls National Playoffs

The ECNL Girls National Playoffs is currently underway at the Surf Cup Sports Park in San Diego, California. This prestigious event, taking place from June 24th to June 30th, features a total of 348 teams competing across six age groups. The teams in the Champions League are vying for a spot in the ECNL Girls National Finals scheduled for July in Richmond, Virginia. The ECNL Girls National Playoffs attract a significant number of collegiate and professional scouts, making it a highly anticipated event in the world of youth soccer.

Here is some key information about the playoffs:

Schedule: Each participating team will play three games against top teams from around the country. In the Champions League age groups, those who advance to the knockout stage will have the opportunity to play a fourth game, competing for a spot in the ECNL Girls National Finals. Teams in other flights will compete to become champions in their respective age groups. The revamped ECNL app provides the complete schedule of games.

Full Team List: The complete list of teams participating in the event can be found here.

Champions League: In the U13-U17 age groups, 44 teams have qualified for the Champions League. At these age groups, 16 teams will advance from the group stage to a single knockout round in San Diego. Ultimately, eight winners from each age group will move on to the ECNL Girls National Finals in Richmond, Virginia. In the U18/19 age group, 16 teams will compete in a single elimination knockout tournament, with the U18/19 National Championship Game taking place on June 29th.

North American Cup, Showcase Cup A, Showcase Cup B: The remaining 48 teams in the U16 and U17 age groups will participate in one of three Cups: the North American Cup, Showcase Cup A, or Showcase Cup B. This season, the U15 age group will also have a North American Cup competition. The teams qualify for each respective Cup based on their performance during the regular season. To see the teams competing in each Cup, click here.

Defending Champions: Five teams are aiming to defend their titles as ECNL National Champions. Solar SC U14s, Solar SC U15s, Slammers FC HB Koge U16s, SLSG Navy U17s, and Real Colorado National U18/19s all emerged as champions last season and are seeking to repeat their success this year. Real Colorado National will begin their journey by facing Kansas City Athletics in the round of 16, hoping to advance to the U18/19 National Championship Game on June 29th. The other four defending champions will strive to progress from their respective group stages and reach the round of 16, keeping their chances alive to compete in the ECNL Girls National Finals.

For more information about the ECNL Girls National Playoffs, please visit this link.