McLean’s U17 ECNL team will face the 9th seeded Atlanta Fire in Round #1 on Thursday, June 28, at 4:00 pm (the 8th seeded U17 team is not competing). The complete schedule for the top 8 finishers in the U17 B Flight is here. McLean’s U15 ECNL team will face the 2nd seeded Serono Soccer Club in Round #1 on Sunday, June 24, at 3:30 pm. The complete schedule for the top 8 finishers in the U15 B Flight is here.
McLean’s U16 team finished in 11th place out of 36 B teams in its age group with a +10 goal differential in 17 qualifying games. The team, coached by Brent Leiba, will play against other teams in the U16 B 9-16 Placement competition in Waukegan from June 28-30.
The Elite Clubs National League began with 66 teams in two competition flights, “Challenge A” (30 teams) and “Challenge B” (36 teams). Based on points accumulated in regular season play against same-flight opponents, the top 16 teams in the A Flights of each age group compete for the National Championship and the top 8 teams in the B Flights of each age group compete for the Challenge B National Championship. To learn more about the 2012 ECNL National Finals, click here.
Depending on the outcome of the initial rounds, teams in the B National Finals will advance to Semi-Finals and Finals, or will compete in consolation games. Starting in the 2012-2013 season, the ECNL will abandon the A and B Flight structure and replace it with a regional conference-based approach to National Championship qualification.