The EGSL was born from collaboration between Elite Clubs National League (“ECNL”) Directors of Coaching in order to address the college recruiting needs for the sister team players in their clubs. The ECNL evolved into the premier destination for college coaches seeking to recruit players for their teams and, the excellent, and deserving players on the sister teams not receiving regular exposure on the ECNL teams, were limited in their opportunities to be scouted. The EGSL was formed as a league for the ECNL sister teams designed to attract coaches from colleges of all sizes and all levels which will result in an increased number of scholarship offers for the sister team players. The EGSL was formed with the approval of the ECNL and will include ECNL sister teams as well as the Jr. ECNL first teams (U12 and U13). The EGSL also served as a highly competitive Spring League for Younger Teams.
The EGSL had to evlove with the founding of the Girls Development Academy (DA) by US Soccer. The EGSL has now expanded to accept all ECNL and DA Acadmey Teams within these Clubs and the Affiliates of DA/ ECNL Clubs.