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What is the ECNL? 

  • ECNL-RL stands for Elite Clubs National League Regional League and was founded to improve the daily environment for youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The ECNL continues to be the most progressive and innovative development platform in the country while also being the home for the very best youth players in the United States

Are there only two Iowa based clubs with ECNL membership in 2022/23? 

  • Yes. The ECNL has finalized membership decisions for next season and FC United is one of two clubs in Iowa, and the only 

Why did we choose the ECNL-RL over the ECNL?

  • Showcases and events are optional instead of mandatory. We will look at these events for each roster based on availability/location putting less of a strain on our families and club as a whole. 

What league are the ECNL Regional League (Boys) competing in?

  • Primary game locations: Omaha (NE), Des Moines (IA), Cedar Rapids (IA).

  • The projected game locations will include a home and away with each of the other clubs in our division.

What league are the ECNL Regional League (Girls) competing in?

  • Heartland West Division:

AFA Fillies, St Louis, MO- Missouri RUSH, O’Fallon, MO - SLSG MO, St. Louis, MO - SLSG IL, Collinsville ,IL - KCSG, Kansas City, MO - KC Fusion, Lenexa, KS - KC Athletics, Merriam, KS - Sporting Blue Valley, Overland Park, KS - FC Wichita, Bel Aire, KS - Gretna Elite Academy, Gretna, NE - Sporting Iowa, Des Moines, IA - FC United - Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Primary game locations: Kansas City (MO), Des Moines (IA), Cedar Rapids (IA).

What age groups will compete in the ECNL-RL? 

  • U13-U19 (2012-2005) Boys and Girls. 

What are the ECNL National Events & Showcases?

The ECNL National Events are set up as the best college recruiting events in the country while also providing our teams with meaningful non-conference games. Over 300 coaches attend these events, held at outstanding facilities, and they are regarded in college coaching circles as must attend weekends. Challenge matches typically draw well over 30 coaches per game. Events are held in Phenix, AZ, Sanford, FL, Davis, CA, and many more locations. 


Do you allow multi-sport athletes at your club? 

  • Yes, we have many multisport athletes in our club. However, players are encouraged, and expected, to attend an alternate training session for consistent growth and development. 

  • Players are expected to attend no less than 2 on-site training sessions each week, during focus portions of the season.

Will you play in any other leagues?

  • We will also compete in the Club Development League (CDL) for our U13-U19 (2012-2005) to give extra game opportunities. These games will be for the whole team, or to allow for playing opportunities for those not selected for the ECNL-RL rosters. 

Where will CDL games be played? 

The CDL games will be largely in eastern Iowa. CDL game geographic locations range from Waterloo to Bettendorf, including Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. 

We may have one cross-over weekend with a couple of clubs from the central part of the state, however, that cross-over weekend of play is projected to be held here in eastern Iowa

How many CDL games will we play?

This may only play 2-4 games for teams/players competing in the ECNL, but 6-10 games for team/players competing only in the CDL.


What league do the U8-U12 play in?

U8-U12 compete in the Eastern Iowa Youth Soccer League (EIYSL) in the fall and spring. There are 4 playdates per fall & spring (mini seasons) and the team will play 2 games each play date. The EIYSL location switches between Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Dubuque, and Muscatine. Cedar Rapids is always one of the playdates each mini season. 

On top of the league we participate in 2 to 3 tournaments per mini season. We do continue to train twice a week over the winter season, and participate in 4 winter indoor tournaments (no league games). In the winter 2 tournaments are in CR, one in IC and one in Waterloo. 


What is the cost?

  • Annual club dues can be set up on monthly payment plans

  • Team event fees are due at the beginning of the fall and spring season (if applicable)

  • U13-U19 - Club Dues (annual) . approx. $1,400

  • U13-16 - Competition fees - approx. $250 - 300 (depending on league games and number of events)

  • U13-16 - Spring Competition fees - approx. $250 - 300 ( "  )

  • U17 - U19  Competition fees - approx. $400 (likely to attend a couple of college-focused events)

  • Winter training fees are included in Club Dues

  • Winter events and winter showcases are a la carte for participating players



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8610 Milburn Rd 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52411

Email: [email protected]

FC United

8610 Milburn Rd 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52411

Email: [email protected]
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