Since 2009, San Diego Surf Soccer has been one of the original members of ECNL, having several U15 and U17 women’s teams. However, it was not until 2020, when COVID appeared and the closing of the Development Academy (DA), that Surf Soccer went “all-in.”
“We are tremendously excited to welcome Surf Soccer back to the league,” said ECNL Girls Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “The addition of Surf Soccer helps unify the top regional programs in one competition. In addition, it reduces travel demands for everyone, with more clubs aligning with the philosophies and values of the ECNL.”
In August 2021, San Diego Surf Soccer was the first-ever ECNL Boys Overall Club Champion. This honor is awarded to the club that has earned the highest point totals from regular-season Conference titles, advancement into the ECNL National Playoffs and Finals, and overall success in these Postseason events. Achieving this recognition is no small feat, requiring consistent excellence across all age groups throughout the 2020-21 season.
Surf Soccer is considered one of the biggest and the best elite ECNL soccer teams in Southern California for youth, boys, and girls soccer.
The ECNL was founded in 2009 by forward-thinking Directors of Coaching across the country who saw a need for change and a particular commitment to improving American elite female soccer players’ daily environment. These Directors collaborated to build what would become the world’s top female youth development platform. The grassroots leadership and cooperation were unprecedented in American youth soccer, and the ECNL continues to be the country’s most progressive and innovative development platform.