As the nationwide debate regarding youth sport participation this fall and winter continues, we are faced with the unenviable task of navigating competing risks across a wide range of contexts with often incomplete evidence. We are being asked to make sweeping decisions for millions of children that can have profound impacts on their well-being and long term health, while also trying to somehow quantify the potential impacts and risk mitigation for the rest of society. This presents a significant challenge with increasingly important implications.
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Indiana Fire ECNL teams compete in the prestigious Elite Clubs National League. The league comprises 94 of the strongest female youth soccer teams in the nation, with eight distinct conferences for regional play. IFJ ECNL teams compete in Ohio Valley Conference, against teams from Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and western New York.
Participation in ECNL teams is by invitation only. Our coaches are constantly working to identify the most talented players in our state, both within and outside the Indiana Fire network. ECNL participants have the chance to play against some of the toughest competitors, which allows players to develop soccer skills that may take them through college soccer and beyond.
Our ECNL teams begin at U13. Younger teams will begin competing in late summer, and usually participate in at least two pre-ECNL events throughout the year. Our U15-U19 teams begin training in the late fall, with optional fall training for players who are not playing on their respective high school teams. The U15-U19 teams usually participate in two to three national showcases, which attract many college coaches from top schools.
Indiana Fire ECNL registration fees include uniforms and a set of cleats, as well as transportation to some events, depending on the age group.
To find out more about the Indiana Fire ECNL, contact Joe Sochacki at firstname.lastname@example.org.