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Texas Rush Soccer Club is an official member of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), serving elite female soccer players in the Greater Houston area.

ECNL tryouts for the 2015/16 season have ended. If you are interested in the ECNL program please contact Nick O’Shea at to arrange an individual evaluation.


Texas Rush ECNL Program Information

U14 ECNL      U15 ECNL      U16 ECNL      U17 ECNL      U18 ECNL

2015/16 Season Training Schedule & 2015 Summer Training Schedule to be announced shortly.

What does the “ECNL” Stand for?
Elite Clubs National League. The ECNL is the highest level of play for youth female soccer players in the United States. Member clubs are invited into the ECNL after a detailed selection process. For the 2013/14 season, 76 clubs around the United States will participate.

Who can play in the ECNL?
Elite female soccer players who are age eligible for the U14 – U18 age groups. Texas Rush has five (5) ECNL teams, one in each age group. Only ECNL member clubs can participate in the ECNL Conferences and the ECNL National Events (College Showcases).

What is the purpose of the ECNL?
To improve the training and game environment for elite female players. For more information, please visit

How long is the ECNL season?
11 Months. Pre-season starts on July 27, 2015 and the final games (National Championship Finals) are played in mid July.

Who does Texas Rush ECNL play against?
Texas Rush ECNL teams will play against other ECNL teams from around the country. Texas Rush competes in the Texas Conference with teams from Houston, Austin, Dallas and Oklahoma. ECNL teams also participate in National Showcase Events and Cross-Conference competitions against ECNL teams from other regional conferences.

How many Showcases/tournaments do ECNL teams attend?
In addition to their regular season conference schedule, ECNL teams are required to attend a specific number of tournaments/events each year. This is broken down in the following way:

  • U14 ECNL Team: 1 National Showcase Event & National Finals (Based on qualification) – (June 2016)
  • U15 ECNL Team: 2 National Showcase Events, the ECNL National Play-offs/Showcase (June 2016) & National Finals (Based on qualification) – (July 2016)
  • U16 & U17 ECNL Teams: 2 National Showcase Events, the ECNL National Play-offs/Showcase (June 2016) & National Finals (Based on qualification) – (July 2016)
  • U18 ECNL Team: 1 National Showcase Event & National Finals (Based on qualification) – (June 2016)

*Additionally, ECNL teams will attend non-ECNL tournaments such as Rush Cup (Aug 2015) and Dallas International Girls’ Cup (March 2016)

Where does Rush ECNL train and play?
Rush ECNL teams will train at Lents Family Park West and Northland Christian High School located in the Spring area of Greater Houston. ECNL HOME games will be played at Lents Family Park (Spring) and Bear Branch Sports Fields (The Woodlands).

How much does it cost to play in the ECNL?
The Texas Rush ECNL Program Fee is:

  • U14 – U17:  $1600
  • U18:  $1250

What does the Program Fee include?

  • Training fees (full-time professional coaching/fields/lights)
  • All ECNL tournament and National Event registration fees (non ECNL tournaments/events are not included)
  • Conference game fees (referees/fields/lights)
  • Coach travel expenses
  • ECNL Membership (registration, insurance and online player profile)
  • A full home and away adidas uniform

What other fees are associated with the ECNL Program?
After the program fee, the main financial burden on an ECNL family is the cost of travel. This will vary by team based on the number of games, events and the current travel market. This can range between $2,000 – $3,000.

ECNL players will also be required to purchase the full Rush Uniform Package by adidas (game uniform included in program fee). Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Please contact Pam Coffman for more information.

What is the Jr. ECNL?
The Jr. ECNL is for U11 – U13 level competitive players. Texas Rush will form Jr. ECNL teams for special events throughout the year. These events will provide exposure to the ECNL Program in the 11v11 format against other Jr. ECNL teams.

Can ECNL players play High School Soccer?
Yes. The ECNL and Texas Rush Soccer Club do their best to schedule around the High School season. Conflicts between ECNL and High School soccer are possible and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Why should elite female players play in the ECNL?
Because playing with, and against the best players in the country are key components in player development. Furthermore, the ECNL provides more exposure to college and national team coaches than any other league or elite program. The ECNL scouting network ensures that the best players in the country are evaluated and discovered in the their natural playing environment (their team) and given unique opportunities at no additional cost.

Why should elite players choose Texas Rush’s ECNL program?
Because the ECNL alone does not develop players. Clubs develop players though their training environment, club model and philosophy. The Rush Way has developed over 30 professional players and hundreds of collegiate players.

Can ECNL players play in other leagues?
Yes. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer. Therefore, ECNL players can play in other leagues such as EDDOA, SCL and the Premier League because they are sanctioned USYSA. Rush players maybe registered to play the ECNL team and Nike team who compete in a different league/association. A player who is dual-rostered and players for both the ECNL team and competitve team is called a Developmental Player.

Can players from other clubs guest play in the ECNL program?
Yes. Players from a non-ECNL club can guest play for an ECNL team through the Discovery Player rule. To find out more, contact the ECNL Director.

If you have any unanswered questions, please contact Andy Squire at

ECNL PreseasonECNL Banner Texas Rush Soccer Club is excited to announce a new branch of their ECNL program known to the founding members simply as TREP. The Texas Rush Elite Program offers unique training opportunities for ECNL players who have chosen not to play high school soccer in the spring season. The new program started on January 27 at Soccer City indoor facility and will conclude with the Rice University clinic on April 3.

TREP Features:

  • Indoor Soccer & Futsal every Monday (at Soccer City – South Texas’ Premier indoor facility)
  • Functional Training (focusing on shooting and finishing)
  • Classroom Theory Sessions and Video Analysis (Texas Rush Conference Room)
  • College Clinics (Houston, Texas A&M, Rice, Baylor, Sam Houston, TCU confirmed) (Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas Tech TBC)
  • ACL Prevention Program & Fitness Development
  • Additional Showcases and Game opportunities

CLICK HERE for review of previous TREP activities!

TREP Coaches:

  • Andrew Squire – Director of Coaching ECNL
  • Jamie Bell – Asst. Director of Coaching ECNL
  • Darron Rush – ECNL Staff Coach
  • Dave Dengerink – Director of Player Development

TREP Founding Members:

  • U16 ECNL   Cienna Arietta (Texas A&M University commit)
  • U15 ECNL   Allison Lawrence
  • U15 ECNL   Katie Lawrence
  • U15 ECNL   Abi Janszen
  • U15 ECNL   Kimberly Rodriguez (U17 Mexico National Team)
  • U15 ECNL   Briana Woodall (U17 Mexico National Team)
  • U15 ECNL   Maddie Guerra
  • U16 ECNL   Paige Felt
  • U16 ECNL   Allie Gonzalez
  • U16 ECNL   Grace Piper (Texas A&M University commit)
  • U16 ECNL   Kynnedi Sonnier
  • U16 ECNL   Sarah Pfrenger
  • U17 ECNL   Allison Katri (Dallas Baptist University commit)
  • U17 ECNL   Emily Alvarado (U17 Mexico National Team)
  • U17 ECNL   Natasha Davenport (University of Pennsylvania commit)
  • U17 ECNL    Michaela Abam (West Virginia commit/U17 US National Team)
  • U17 ECNL   Lindsey Washburn (Dallas Baptist University commit)
  • U17 ECNL   Maggie Boelman (Virginia Commonwealth commit)
  • U17 ECNL   Alison Robinson (University of Tampa commit)
  • U17 ECNL   Emily Peel
  • U17 ECNL   Juliet Dalton (TREP Manager/Captain)
  • U17 ECNL   Marin Carter (Alabama Birmingham commit)
  • U17 ECNL   Lindsay Hale (Cornell University commit)

“Players who have played at the ECNL level have discovered the importance of balancing training, games and adequate rest, in order to improve their performance for when it counts most. This program is about providing the right balance and exposing the players to unique training environments so they can continue to work towards their goal. I would like to recognize the players listed above for their dedication to the program in our first year. Special recognition must go to Juliet Dalton (U17 ECNL) who assisted the professional staff in finding the right balance for the players based on their academic demands and extra-curricular activities. Juliet is also the volunteer manager for the program.” Andy Squire, Director of Coaching ECNL

ECNL tryouts for the 2015/16 season have ended. If you are interested in the ECNL program please contact Nick O’Shea at to arrange an individual evaluation.

About the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)

MISSION: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through:

  • Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights;
  • Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and
  • Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.

GOAL: The goal of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development model. ACTION PLAN (Summary): To accomplish this goal, the ECNL developed a common organizational structure, composed of individual clubs operating collectively under the direction of a commissioner. Because the ECNL exists to promote the common interest of its member clubs, the ECNL operating model is unified and comprehensive and values accessibility and sustainability. The ECNL utilizes four primary delivery mechanisms, or platforms, for “Changing the Daily Environment:

  • The Competition Platform;
  • The Player Identification Platform;
  • The Club and Coach Development Platform, and
  • The HER Platform (a female-specific health, wellness, and rejuvenation platform).

* The ECNL is a tax-exempt 501c(3) organization.


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