What IS ECNL?
The Elite Clubs National League Boys (ECNL Boys) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The ECNL Boys will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the ECNL Boys will advance into the ECNL Boys Post-Season.
ECNL provides a platform that is:
- focused on long-term player development
- for the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent and meaningful high-level games that are appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios
- integrated with the id² Program, which includes Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and that works closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development
- providing an avenue for qualification for the ECNL National Finals and full Elite National Premier League
ECNL Heartland Regional Conference
The ECNL Heartland Regional Boys Conference joins the ECNL platform this fall beginning with the 2020-21 season.
This conference provide U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U19 teams (Boys) the same and consistent platform to play at. Top Clubs from Kansas and Missouri make up the newly established Heartland Conference. League winners and qualifiers advance to the ENCL National Playoffs.
Puma FC ECNL Boys
Puma FC will join the ECNL for Boys Regional Heartland Conference beginning in Fall of 2021 with teams for U13 (2009), U14 (2008), U15 (2007), U16 (2006), U17 (2005) and U18/19 (2004/ 2003 – merged birth year team).
Tryouts for these teams are June 8-10. Registration Link Coming Soon.
The Puma FC ECNL Boys teams will be part of the elite tier of the club and therefore have higher expectations & requirements for commitment, training and some travel as opposed to our other competitive teams.
All of Puma FC ECNL Boys teams will practice 3 times per week (2 in the winter months) and play ECNL games as well as local league games and college showcase events / elite level tournaments. All age groups have the potential to move onto the ECNL National playoff series. All high school aged players will be able to participate in High School soccer as the seasons do not conflict.
Want to join a puma fc ECNL Boys team?
Tryouts for 2021/2022 Season
If you are interested in trying out for a Puma FC Premier or Puma FC ECNL Boys team tryout will be June 8-10, 2021. More information and a registration link coming soon.
Please be sure to register PRIOR to tryouts to ensure a quick and easy check in and potential team offers post tryout.
Registration Coming Soon!
ECNL ID Clinic
Clinic Dates: April 14 & May 12, 2021
Join our Puma FC staff, including current and expected ECNL coaches for the coming seasonal year, for our ECNL Boys ID Clinic. This clinic is open to any individuals born in 2010 through 2003 for boys (you do not have to be a current member of Puma FC to participate). This clinic is intended as a first step towards identification for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Boys programs.
Players will benefit from the high level training sessions designed specifically for our ECNL teams.
Come join a growing and continually developing program.