The “Elite Girls Soccer League”
Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the Elite Girls Soccer League (“EGSL”) created?
The EGSL was born from collaboration between current 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 has evolved into the premier destination for college coaches seeking to recruit players for their teams and, until now, 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 is 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). For the 2014/15 season, the EGSL will also include a Division, in each age group, for the ECNL Affiliate Member Clubs.
Who will play in the EGSL for the 2014/15 season?
The ECNL sister teams for the NorCal and SoCal ECNL clubs along with the ECNL Affiliate Member Clubs in SoCal will be participating in the EGSL. NorCal and SoCal will be participate in the Jr. ECNL age groups (12 and 13) and the sister teams in the 14-18 age groups will play in the EGSL. NorCal will play a fall EGSL season and SoCal will play a spring EGSL season. The NorCal and SoCal Jr. ECNL age groups will cross-play at an EGSL spring event in NorCal in March, 2015. The NorCal and SoCal 14-18’s cross-will play in a College Showcase event in SoCal in spring of 2015. All age groups 12-17 (not including 18’s) will automatically qualify for the EGSL Regional Championships to be held in the summer of 2015.
What about the out-of-area teams in these conferences?
The out-of-area teams from the Northwest and Southwest ECNL conferences ~ including, NV, AZ, WA, UT and ID ~ can participate in the showcase events and the EGSL Regional Championships, if space allows and if they are interested in doing so.
What is the EGSL Regional Championship?
Every club (ECNL and affiliates) participating in the EGSL, will automatically qualify for the EGSL Regional Championships event taking place in the summer of 2015. All games played in the EGSL will factor in to team seeding, by age group, in this event. At this event, each age group winner will win an automatic berth in to Surf Cup, the most prestigious soccer tournament in the country. An overall Club Champion will be determined too so every game at the event will count towards the Clubs overall point total. The event will be planned in advance in order to minimize the financial impact of the event.
What are the showcase events?
The EGSL College Showcase event will be a combination of NorCal and SoCal teams cross-playing in the 14-18 age groups.
The Jr. ECNL showcase will also be a combination of NorCal and SoCal teams cross-playing each other in the 12-13 age groups. This event will be held in NorCal in late-March 2015.
What does the spring league consist of In SoCal?
Southern California U14 - U18 sister teams will play each other, in the spring, either home or away, preferably on the same play date at the same venue as their ECNL counter-parts, to maximize the potential of college coach attendance at the games. The EGSL will piggy-back the ECNL schedule when possible. All games will count towards standings within the league and towards seeding at the EGSL Regional Championships.
There will be a separate “affiliates” division in the EGSL for the “A” teams of ECNL member club affiliates. This will be a spring league division and participating teams will be seeded in to the EGSL sister team division for the Regional Championship event.
What do the winners of the EGSL and Regional Championship get?
The EGSL has reached an agreement with Surf Cup, the premier college showcase event in the country, whereby the NorCal and SoCal winner of each age group in the EGSL will qualify for automatic entry in to the Surf Cup Summer1 tournament. The EGSL is fortunate as well that Surf Cup has also agreed that each age group winner at the EGSL Regional Championships will qualify for automatic entry into the Surf Cup Thanksgiving2 event.
What type of player card do the players need to play in the EGSL?
The league is sanctioned by US Club Soccer so all players must be registered through US Club Soccer to participate in the EGSL. No other player card will be accepted for EGSL games.
Will college coaches attend EGSL games?
All Directors of Coaching involved in this league have committed to communicate and market the EGSL players to the college coaches with whom they are in contact and have established relationships with. Education is an important part of the process. By educating the players and the parents on realistic expectations and goals in the player’s college aspirations and by helping the players focus on the type of college that is best for them, each Director of Coaching can then help them facilitate communication with these college coaches and assist in getting these coaches out to EGSL matches.
What is the goal of the EGSL?
The goal of the EGSL is to assist each player on an ECNL sister, and the affiliate member club teams, in realizing their dream of playing college soccer and to give the Jr. ECNL teams the chance to play each other in competitive games both within their own conference and in a showcase event as well as be a part of the EGSL Regional Championship. Competitive games, superior venues, value-added benefits and quality officiating are all goals that the EGSL strives to provide its members
What ECNL clubs will participate in the EGSL?
The NorCal and SoCal ECNL member clubs from the ECNL Northwest and Southwest conferences comprise the 2 main leagues in the EGSL and will be participating in the 12-18 age groups. Other member clubs in the Northwest and Southwest ECNL Conferences may participate in showcase events and the Regional Championships.
What are the fees associated with playing in the EGSL?
There is a $350 per team fee to participate in the EGSL fall (NorCal) or spring (SoCal) leagues. Teams will pay, by event, for each event they participate in. Event fees will be established based on field rentals, referee fees, etc. and will be comparable to other events of this level. The goal of the EGSL is to keep costs down, travel at a minimum, (including advanced knowledge of travel) and the level of competition high.
Where will EGSL league games be played?
Each home team will provide a field(s) for home games.
Can teams that participate in the EGSL still play other events during the spring?
The EGSL tried to accommodate outside events in Year One and was not able to get all of the required games played. For Year Two, the EGSL will not be accommodating outside events in the U14-U18 age groups.
Why don’t the G18 teams participate in the EGSL?
We listened to our membership and are including the G18’s in the EGSL this season! They will participate in league play and the college showcase but will not be participating in the Regional Championship.
Why should our daughter play in the EGSL?
The EGSL was created so that all sister team players could share in the same type of experiences that the ECNL players are experiencing such as showcase events, regional events an overall club championship and a competitive league of play while gaining necessary college exposure through each of these events. By opening the EGSL to affiliate members, we are also giving those clubs a benefit of being an affiliate to and ECNL member club and giving those players a chance to further their college exposure as well. For the G12 and G13 age groups, the EGSL will provide the highest-level of competition of any league, anywhere in the Western Region for the ECNL teams of the future.
Where can I find the EGSL Rules & Regulations?
The EGSL Rules & Regulations are being finalized and will be located on the EGSL website by the end of August prior to the start of the NorCal fall season. Topics such as player eligibility, ECNL player participation, seeding for EGSL events, roster sizes, substitution rules, referee fees, game lengths, league format for each age group, scheduling, Regional Championship format, etc., will be covered in the Rules & Regulations when posted.
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1. Each qualifying team must complete an application for the Surf Cup event and pay the entry fee for the event prior to posted deadlines. The Surf Cup entry fee must be paid by each qualifying team. All games must be completed by May 17, 2015 in order to qualify for Surf Cup Summer.
2. Each qualifying team must complete an application for the Surf Cup event and pay the entry fee for the event prior to posted deadlines. The Surf Cup entry fee must be paid by each qualifying team.