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VDA Girls ECNL Frequently Asked Questions

How often will VDA ECNL teams train?
VDA girls teams will continue to train a minimum of 3 days per week with U15, U16, U17 & U18/19 teams training 4 days per week after or before weekends with a single game. 

Can VDA ECNL player participate in school sports?
Yes. ECNL players are allowed to participate in school sports, including soccer. However, all decisions to participate in other activities must be made inclusive of the VDA staff with clear communications on conflicts, as well as physical and academic workload. Note - VDA will offer a 10-month program for those players who choose to forgo high school soccer during the spring season.

What events will VDA ECNL teams attend?
ECNL teams are required to attend a minimum number of National Events per age group:

  • U13 - 1 Required Regular-Season Event
  • U14 - 1 Required Regular-Season Event
  • U15 - 2 Required Regular-Season Events
  • U16 - 3 Required Regular-Season Events
  • U17 - 3 Required Regular-Season Events
  • U19 - 1 Required Regular-Season Event

2018-19 National Events (Tentative)

  • ECNL Phoenix (Fall) | November 9-11, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ
  • ECNL Composite (TBD)
  • ECNL Florida | January 11-13, 2019 | Sanford, FL
  •  ECNL Texas | February 16-18, 2019 | Houston, TX
  • ECNL Phoenix (Spring) | April 5-7, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ
  • ECNL U13/U14 Showcase - Greer, SC | May 10-12, 2019 | Greer, SC
  • ECNL New Jersey | May 25-27, 2019 | Somerset, NJ
  • ECNL National Playoffs (San Diego)
  • ECNL Finals (TBD)

Each event is scheduled as a three-day tournament (one game per day) throughout the year, which allows teams to play opponents from other parts of the country, and attract college coaches to the U15-U19 events.

In addition, VDA staff will select appropriate tournaments and showcases such as CASL, VDA Showcase, Jefferson Cup, etc... for each team to compliment league play and increase college coach exposure. We expect a significant increase in college recruiting exposure throughout the year, especially in the U16 age group which currently has no Development Academy age group. 

How many players will VDA ECNL teams carry on the roster?
ECNL allows up to 30 players on each roster with no more than 18 on a game day roster. VDA expects to carry a full-time roster of approximately 18 players. VDA will continue to have Developmental Players on the roster who will also participate on PWSI and/or VSA NPL teams.

Roster flexibility in the ENCL allows VDA staff to work with players to create an individual development plan that includes training and matches to include providing meaningful minutes to players who are recovering from injury or have limited minutes on a given weekend. 

What is the cost of VDA ECNL?
The club fee is expect to be released in March; However, there is no expectation for a significant (if any) increase in club fees for 2018-19. Team/travel fees estimates will also be release on team sheets.

Will VDA ECNL team needs to buy a new uniform?
No, VDA will enter the second year of the uniform cycle and will not need to purchase a new uniform. Furthermore, the DA patch will not need to be removed for the first year to ensure the uniform isn't harmed. The ECNL patch will be added to the jersey in another location.

Will VDA still compete in CCL Pro23?
Yes. VDA is excited to enter its second season in CCL Pro23 to provide current and future alumni the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming college season.emoved for the first year to ensure the uniform isn't harmed.

What are the substitution rules for ECNL?
The ECNL utilizes limited substitution (no re-entry in each half) for league and event play. Since this is the policy which most closely resembles the college game, VDA believe it will best prepare players for their collegiate career and recruiting process. 

What is the ECNL playoff format?
Teams shall be placed in playoff groups for the ECNL Playoff based upon the regular season standings. Upon conclusion of the ECNL playoffs, teams shall advance to the ECNL Finals. The top 32 U13 & U14 teams and the top 16 U18/U19 teams will advance to the ECNL Champions League (National Playoffs) in June, with a winner determined at that event.

  • The top 64 U15-U17 teams will advance to one of three post-season events held concurrently in June:
  • The top 32 teams compete in ECNL Champions League (National Playoffs), with the final four advancing to the ECNL Finals in July;
    • The next 16 teams compete in the North American Cup; and
    • The next 16 teams compete Showcase Cup. Teams that fail to finish in the top 64 do not participate in the post-season event.
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