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ECNL in Depth - Part I

League architects discuss the nation's top girls' league
ECNL in Depth - Part I

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Soccer Wire recently held wide-ranging conversations with several of the Elite Clubs National League's most prominent coaches and executives. This is the first installment in a three-part series profiling the ambitious league.

Formed just three years ago to give top girls’ club programs more high-level competition and quality versus quantity in games, the Elite Clubs National League is already, in some ways, “light years ahead” of where its organizers thought it would be when it started.

Annandale Premier Cup releases acceptance list for 2012 edition

Annandale Premier Cup list

Billed as one of the top tournaments in Virginia and on the East Coast, the Annandale Premier Cup has announced its boys’ acceptance list with a strong field of teams set to come to Northern Virginia for the March 9-11 tournament.

The tournament will feature 275 teams from U-11 to U-19, with those teams coming from 17 states, Canada and Ireland. All games will be played on synthetic turf fields.

U-11 through U-15 teams will play on March 10-11, while U-16, U-17, U-19 and Pre-Academy teams will play on March 9-11.

PSW Q&A with Leigh Cowlishaw - Part I

Richmond Kickers' Director of Soccer discusses the team's past, present, future
Cowlishaw Q&A - Part I

Leigh Cowlishaw

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RICHMOND, VA. – Leigh Cowlishaw started a recent day boarding an early flight to Tampa, Fla. for the USL PRO combine to scout players for the Richmond Kickers’ USL PRO club.

He returned in time to direct the Richmond Kickers’ U-16 Academy team’s 6:30 p.m. practice that evening at the SportsQuest complex in Chesterfield -

Academy officially announces 2012 university commitments

10 players announce intentions to attend eight Division I programs
Academy univ. commitments

D.C. United Academy today announced that ten of its U-18 players have committed to play soccer at eight different universities for the 2012 fall season. The list includes commitments to perennial collegiate powerhouses Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia, among others.

Taylor Twellman on crusade to combat concussions

Twellman on concussions

More than three years removed from a concussion that ended his professional soccer career, Taylor Twellman's symptoms have yet to go away.

“Since August 30, 2008, no day has ever been the same,” Twellman told National Soccer Wire after he gave a sobering presentation on concussion awareness at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention last week. “The one thing that I’ve done is that I haven’t worked out in two years to try and let my brain just heal itself, so that’s done well."

Five local players named to ECNL All-Event Teams from Sanford, Fla. event

ECNL All-Event Teams

The Elite Clubs National League announced the All-Event Teams from the second event in the 2011-2012 ECNL National Showcase Event Series, which was held December 28-30, 2011 in Sanford, FL. Five local players representing Freestate SA, McLean, Virginia Rush and FC Virginia were named to the all-star squads.

A total of 150 teams from 47 ECNL Member Clubs participated in the event, with games taking place at facilities across Seminole County, including the Seminole Soccer Complex, Sylvan Lakes Park, and Central Winds Park.

FASA’s McManus collects soccer equipment for Rwanda, Nicaragua

Spotsylvania, VA teenager connecting soccer with his Eagle Scout project
FAFSA help Rwanda, Nicaragua

With so much suffering and sorrow plaguing the world today, it often seems obvious that single individuals can only have a token effect in improving the lives of faraway strangers.

But anyone tempted to underestimate the power of one should witness the astonishing results achieved by Spotsylvania, Va. teenager Sean McManus when he decided to collect soccer equipment for needy youth in Rwanda and Nicaragua for his Eagle Scout project.

Soccer leads to globetrotting existence for WPS vet, Silver Spring product Joanna Lohman

Globetrotting with Lohman

Professional soccer players around the world have readily leaped into the emerging medium of Twitter and Philadelphia Independence midfielder Joanna Lohman is no exception.

A Silver Spring, Md. native who starred for Bethesda SC Scorpions and Penn State University before moving on to a successful career in Women’s Professional Soccer and several stints with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Lohman regularly posts updates and corresponded with fans throughout the Independence’s run to this year’s WPS Championship game in Rochester, N.Y. on August 27.

Local College Round-up

Local College Round-up

While there were only a handful of mid-week games, this week saw women's powerhouse Maryland take on a local foe at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The men's teams begin conference play this weekend, while the Virginia women are hosting their annual Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.

PSW Q&A with Trish Heffelfinger

The Maryland SoccerPlex executive on coping with relentless rainfall
Q&A w/ Trish Heffelfinger

Wave after wave of serious storm systems have washed over the mid-Atlantic over the past few weeks, dumping huge amounts of rain and disrupting life for millions.

The soccer community is no exception. Players of all ages have had tournaments and league play affected -- even D.C. United had to reschedule their MLS match against Portland from August 27 to October 19 due to Hurricane Irene. More complications are expected this weekend as the area's rainfall levels continue to climb, with the entire region's scholastic sports calendar essentially up in the air at the moment.

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