To get the opportunity to play college soccer, you need to be seen as a youth player playing against the best players in the country. Coaches want to see the best against the best, because it is the only way to get an accurate assessment of performance and potential. (To see the long list of college commitments from FC Wisconsin Eclipse over the past few years, click here.)
The ECNL operates the 6 biggest college showcase events in the country. Each showcase attracts coaches from 200-300 universities across the country - from every region, and from every level. The only teams that play in these events are ECNL teams. The competition is the best against the best, in the most prominent and prestigious environment in the country.
Below are examples of the college recruiting exposure provided to FC Wisconsin Eclipse players in the ECNL. The colleges listed below watched at least one game of FC Wisconsin Eclipse teams at the listed ECNL events:
2014 ECNL National Showcase Event in Sanford, FL (Dec. 2014): Baylor University, Georgia Southern, Ball State, Alabama State, University of Louisville, Wingate University, Carolina Upstate, University of Minnesota, St Louis University, Emerson University, University of Indiana, Northern Iowa, University of Georgia, Emeryville, University of Iowa, Stevens College, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Appalation State, UNC-Ashville, Belmont University, University of Miami, Northwestern University, Seton Hall, Ohio - Cedarville, University of Cincinnati, UNC-Williamsberg, Santa Clara, Pepperdine, College of Charleston, North Dakota State University, Arkansas, Davidson, Marquette, Auburn, Wake Forest, Hofstra, Rutgers, Drexel University, Cornell, Evansville, Boston University, Colorado State University, Lehigh, La Salle, Depaul, Lafayette University, Townson, Wisconsin, Holy Cross, Providence, Colgate, Stanford, Dayton, Central Michigan, Colorado Christian University, Rhode Island, West Point, Northern Kentucky, Central Florida, Rochester College, Drake, Missouri, Wingate, Farleigh Dickinson, Loyola Marymount, Syracuse, Florida Gulf Coast, West Virginia, Kansas, Michigan State, Florida International, Sacred Heart, Valparaiso, Loyola, Penn State, University of Northern Iowa, James Madison, Indiana State, Notre Dame, Williams College, Georgetown, William & Mary, Connecticut
2014 ECNL National Showcase Event in Ft. Worth, TX (Feb. 2014): University of Utah, Utah State University, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Purdue University, Loyola University (IL), University of Chicago, University of Iowa, Cornell University, University of Memphis, University of Wisconsin – Madison, St. Edwards University, Liberty University, University of Rochester, University of Portland, University of Louisiana – Monroe, University of Louisville, St. Louis University, Princeton University, Colorado State University, Indiana University, Baylor University, Southwestern University, University of Maryland, University of Arkansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Tampa, University of Alabama, Campbell University, University of North Florida, Wake Forest University, University of Louisiana – Lafayette, University of Vermont, University of Southern Mississippi, Florida Gulf Coast University, Mississippi State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Nebraska, Howard University, University of Richmond, University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Florida Atlantic University, University of Texas – Pan Am, Marshall University, Fairmont University, Drury University, University of Southern Illinois, University of Southern California, University of Denver, Troy University, Northwestern State University, University of Jacksonville, Georgia State University, American University, Northwestern University, University of North Dakota, University of Michigan, Brown University, Emory University, University of Illinois, Stetson University, University of Tennessee, Arkansas State University, University of Central Florida, Belmont University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Union College, James Madison University, Virginia Tech University, Butler University, East Carolina University, Seton Hall University, Louisiana Tech University, William and Mary University, Georgia Southern University, Arizona State University
2013 ECNL National Showcase Event in Sanford, FL (Dec. 2013): Alabama State University, Auburn University, Ball State University, University of Baylor, Belmont University, Boston University, Cedarville University, Central Michigan University, University of Cincinnati, Clemson University, Cleveland State University, Colorado College, Cornell University, University of Dayton, Delta State University, DePaul University, Drexel University, Emerson University, University of Evansville, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, George Washington University, Hoftsra University, Indiana State University, Iowa State University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, Marquette University, University of Massachusetts, Miami University, Mississippi State University, Morehead State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Northern Iowa, North Dakota State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, University of Oklahoma, Purdue University, Rutgers University, University of South Carolina, Samford University, Sienna University, St. Louis University, University of Southern Mississippi, Stony Brook University, University of Toledo, Towson University, Transylvania University, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Montevallo, University of Rochester, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Virginia Wesleyan University, Wellesley College, West Point
Texas State University Coach Kat Conner: “We [college coaches] kind of chase the ECNL events around.”
Northwestern University Coach Michael Moynihan: “The ECNL, it is kind of the cream of the crop. When you see kids here, you know they are competing at a high level, against other high-level kids …”
University of Notre Dame and US U-23 National Team Coach Randy Waldrum: “the dynamics of recruiting have really changed in the last 2-3 years … bringing all the top clubs together has really changed the dynamics of recruiting.”
University of South Florida Coach Denise Schilte-Brown: “In my opinion, during this current landscape of youth soccer in the US, the ECNL offers the most competitive environment for female players. In addition, it offers us as coaches the opportunity to collectively see the majority of the best players in a series of events throughout the year."
Florida State University coach Mark Krikorian: “The ECNL has become part of the foundation of recruiting in college soccer. The level of competition is very good and offers a unique experience. It is clear that the ECNL is very committed to the development of the game and its players.”
University of Arkansas Coach Colby Hale: “The ECNL provides the highest level of competition. Day in and day out it creates an environment where the players have to compete both within their teams and against their opponents. You can tell from league games to the showcase environment that every result matters. One of their goals is preparing the players for college and they are accomplishing that goal effectively.”