Keeping up with the 2018 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp

Keeping up with the 2018 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp

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(UPDATE: Aug. 1 – The full recap is available here.)

PORTLAND, Ore. | The 15 girls selected to the id2 National Selection girls team have converged at the University of Portland, July 24-28, for the ECNL/id2 National Training Camp. After standing out among the 164 girls who participated in the three 2017 id2 Training Camps targeting girls born in 2003, these 15 players from across the nation were invited to train alongside the top 100 girls players from the 2003-05 ECNL age groups across the nation.

The four-and-a-half-day training camp will see the id2 National Selection girls team train alongside the older ECNL girls in at least once daily sessions and play games at University of Portland’s famous Merlo Field. 

View the 2018 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp schedule here


On the last day of camp before Saturday’s travel day, the id2 National Selection girls team took the field as part of teams 1 and 2 for another morning training session at 11:00 a.m. PT. The morning session primarily focused on passing drills and team shape. For the evening matches that marked the final event of the week, Team 2 played Team 3 at 3:00 and Team 1 played Team 4 at 4:30. Team 2 won their match 2-0, while Team 1 came up short 1-0 to Team 4, in two balanced matches, with strong buildup and defensive work on display. 

After wrapping up their matches and eating dinner, the camp gathered outside of the dormitory for a final meeting, where the coaching staff announced their best XI of the 2018 training camp. Id2 National Selection Molly Martin of FC Stars of Massachusetts was named to the Best XI for her standout performance in defense and the midfield. 

Saturday is a designated travel day for the athletes to head home and take some time to rest before jumping back into the grind of the 2018-19 club season. 


After scrimmaging in Wednesday’s games, Thursday saw the teams slightly scramble and converted to letter labels. After yesterday’s intense day during an especially hot and sunny week in Portland, every team began the day with a 9 a.m. PT light recovery session on the University of Portland practice soccer field.

After breaking for lunch, the girls returned to Merlo Field for a 3:45 p.m. training session, which saw more focus on the defensive end. Teams A and B focused on building out of the back up to creating and overload and converting in the final third. After the informative sessions, the girls gathered outside of the residence hall to meet and see off the older, ECNL integrated National Training Camp participants. 


The first full day of the training camp saw teams 1 and 2 on the field at 9 a.m. PT for a thorough training session. On a hot, sunny day in Portland, the first session focused on developing and building up the offense. The coaches walked through and stressed breaking lines and penetrating the defensive lines, and creating overloads to attack. Towards the end of the hour and a half session, each team scrimmaged on one half of the field to implement the emphasized offensive tactics. 

After a lunch and rest break, both teams returned to the field at 3 p.m. to scrimmage one another. In a competitive game with some impressive skills on display, team 1 turned their 2-1 half-time deficit into a 4-2 victory, which saw three girls from the id2 National Selection girls team on the scoresheet. 


The first day of the 2018 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp was a half-day as the athletes arrived throughout the first portion of it. The players were divided onto teams 1 and 2 before participaing in a light training session to start the on-field events.

After, the girls had dinner and before being to treated to watch Manchester City W.F.C. play Paris Saint-Germain Féminines, at Merlo Field at the University of Portland. Tuesday was a simple day for the athletes to get settled in and begin forging friendships during their session and while watching two of the best women’s’ teams in the world compete. 


The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer. | Facebook: /theECNL | Twitter: @theECNL


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