Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is the premier club soccer league for young women leading up to college and professional play. Their mission is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and enhance the club development model. For 10 years, the league has intrinsically represented elite female athletic performance and inspired its players to be ambitious on and off the field. It is the culture maker of women’s soccer, setting the bar for other leagues to follow.
Research & Opportunity
Through immersion and research into youth soccer, we’ve discovered there is a shift and massive opportunity available to grow the league. Soccer has finally ingrained itself into America’s sport culture – USA Women defending their World Cup in 2019, MLS expansion, increased viewership of the international teams has helped grow the game and increase participation.
It was immediately clear that ECNL needed to differentiate itself visually just as it has culturally. Our main audience consisted of young women between 13 and 18 who are more likely to engage in brands who understand them as multi-layered women, balancing their lives between school, friends, family and preparing for college.