MLS Next provides the best player development experience in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest levels of competition and to training to prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life.
Elite Academy League
The Elite Clubs National League Boys is a development, identification, and competition platform for top youth male soccer players in the United States.
For three years, the ECNL Boys has worked to positively impact the youth soccer landscape and enhance the player experience.
Built on a foundation of respect and empowerment of grassroots leadership, the ECNL Boys combines the power of collaboration with forward-thinking strategy to make the day-to-day environment better for everyone involved.
Elite Academy League Director
Gus Bucio - GustavoB@fcgoldenstate.com
The Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL) was created in 2011 to serve the needs of clubs looking to have the ability to control player and team environments. The League platform and format was designed collectively by coaching directors from some of the most respected youth clubs in the country, and emphasis has been placed on providing a match day environment conducive to promoting player development.
The principal mission of the Southern California Developmental Soccer League (the “Corporation”) is to allow all participating clubs to have the freedom to make decisions that are in the best interest of all their players and to place the League’s priority first and foremost on true player development. All SCDSL clubs understand that the landscape of youth soccer is dramatically changing across the country and the philosophy of the Corporation ensures that players of all abilities will be training or competing in an environment that allows them to reach their full potential. Southern California has always been a national leader in player development and the creation of the Corporation is a major step in ensuring that trend continues for many years to come. In the new league all players will have the necessary tools to make their goals and dreams become a reality.
With 2021 being the 10-yr anniversary of the league ~ it is time for a change. We have rebranded to become SOCAL and, beginning in the fall of 2021 we will be sanctioned by US CLUB SOCCER. We will host the SOCAL State Cup where our champions will cross play with NorCal Premier for the CA STATE CUP CHAMPIONSHIP.
We believe that these changes are part of our evolution into creating a robust platform of programming in Southern California for our players and coaches while still maintaining our principal mission and the foundation on which the league was originally built in 2011.