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Apr, 2024

Small club Vs ECNL

The question is ECNL or small club. The next question should be what is the goal and how can I reach it? People often think that in order to play college that they have to go play at a big club/ECNL. I would ask for each person to investigate the ECNL clubs resume. What colleges are their kids being accepted into and how many. If a club is boasting ECNL and the kids that are being accepted into colleges are at a low rate then is it worth it. True talent will always speak for itself. I coached at a small club and we put players into division 1-2-3 schools. Of course not as many because we had smaller teams.  When I looked at the ECNL clubs they were putting kids into the same schools for double the cost. There’s a statistic out there that says only 6 percent of the kids who play soccer in high school will play in college. That number dwindles even more when you factor in division 1-2-3 and drops even more when we start talking scholarships. So far I have coached three of my kids into college. My two sons played division 3 at a pretty high level institution and my daughter division 1 on a full ride scholarship and all three were done without ECNL. The question will
always be Is my child developing, are they growing as a player? If your child is developing then they are in a good place. My keys to success were attending college ID camps. Have your child attend the camps to the schools they’re interested in. Try competing at a high level. Place your child in different environments like super Y, ODP and any other soccer events they can attend. ECNL is A way but it is not THEE way. 

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