FC Wisconsin is sending five teams to compete in the ECNL National Playoffs and the U17 Team Wins the Midwest Region Conference Championship
FC Wisconsin is proud to report that we have made club history as five of our Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) teams (U13, U14, U15, U16, and U17) have qualified for the ECNL National Playoffs that will be hosted in San Diego, the week of June 25 through July 1. To advance to the National Playoffs, our ECNL teams had to finish in the top three within their conference. FC Wisconsin's U17 ECNL team also won their regular season Midwest Region Conference Championship.
The ECNL Midwest Conference consists of seven of the top clubs from across the Midwest region with FC Pride, Indiana Elite, Minnesota Thunder, St. Croix, Rockford Raptors, and reigning National Champion and Final Four participant Eclipse Soccer Club. Out of the 140 member clubs that compete in the ECNL across all 12 divisions, FC Wisconsin is one of only 14 clubs that have managed to qualify five or more teams to the ECNL National Playoffs. This includes professional clubs Louisville City, North Carolina FC, Houston Dynamo, and FC Dallas.
“It is a massive accomplishment for the club to send five teams to the ECNL National Playoffs and a testament to all the players and coaches that put so much work in on a day-to-day basis. This is the most teams that we have ever had qualify for the post-season and we are excited to see them compete against the best competition in San Diego from across the nation. The success of these teams highlights that our long-term player development curriculum and commitment to helping all players reach their goals are paying dividends for everyone associated with FC Wisconsin,” said Co-Director of Coaching Ben Shepherd.
The U17 ECNL team won their Conference Championship, making it back-to-back-to back conference titles. The U13 ECNL, U14 ECNL, U15 ECNL, and U16 ECNL teams all finished in second position within their division, highlighting the level of talent across all age groups within our club.
FC Wisconsin is the only boys club in the state to have ever won a National Championship, and now being in the top developmental platform in the country, we are proud to be the only team competing for an ECNL National Championship.
“We set a goal at the beginning of the year to have all our teams in the hunt for the ECNL National Playoffs. Every group made huge progress and huge strides in development, quality of play, quality of defending, goalkeeping, and togetherness. All our teams’ success is amazing, but I think we’re most proud of the continued culture being set by all these groups. It's amazing when our younger players hang out at the fields, know all the older players names, give them a high five, and wish them luck every weekend. Our culture, which was already unmatched, has gotten even better. All our teams training and playing games at one facility, and creating relationships and mentorships within the age groups is why we coach. Our teams' and club's success will continue to grow thanks to the examples being set as role models and good citizens from top to bottom in the community. Every one of these teams that qualified for playoffs also did voluntary community service to give back in our community. Successful soccer players and great kids. WE ARE FAMILY!” said Co-Director of Coaching Billy Solberg.