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I was wondering if someone could advise on the difference between NCL and ECNL. My kid curently plays in LIJSL premier and some friends have told me that if my kid wants to get more serious, she should consider NCL on Long Island and not ECNL or DA which require alot more travel.

What is the commtment?

Which teams are recommended?

Thank you for your advice.
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Hello Listmates:

I was wondering if someone could advise on the difference between NCL and ECNL. My kid curently plays in LIJSL premier and some friends have told me that if my kid wants to get more serious, she should consider NCL on Long Island and not ECNL or DA which require alot more travel.

What is the commtment?

Which teams are recommended?

Thank you for your advice.
I believe you mean NPL.

Yes there is less travel in NPL, but the league is not nearly as competitive as DA or ECNL. There are some good NPL teams that can compete with some ECNL or DA but in general it is a significant downgrade. You have to ask, what are you looking for? If your daughter is truly a very good player and will have a real opportunity to play soccer in college, then I would definitely choose either of the two leagues and not NPL. Your exposure to colleges is significantly better and will have much more opportunity to showcase herself.
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Also NPL starts at U12 while ECNL and DA are U14.
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Hello Listmates:

I was wondering if someone could advise on the difference between NCL and ECNL. My kid curently plays in LIJSL premier and some friends have told me that if my kid wants to get more serious, she should consider NCL on Long Island and not ECNL or DA which require alot more travel.

What is the commtment?

Which teams are recommended?

Thank you for your advice.
The very top girls should filter towards FC Fury. Like him or hate him, Riley has a tremendous amount of pull at the national and collegiate level and his DA teams are doing great for a first year venture.
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I believe you mean NPL.

Yes there is less travel in NPL, but the league is not nearly as competitive as DA or ECNL. There are some good NPL teams that can compete with some ECNL or DA but in general it is a significant downgrade. You have to ask, what are you looking for? If your daughter is truly a very good player and will have a real opportunity to play soccer in college, then I would definitely choose either of the two leagues and not NPL. Your exposure to colleges is significantly better and will have much more opportunity to showcase herself.
I agree with you for the most part, but would suggest possibly NPL as a stepping stone depending on daughter's age and skill level.

In the majority of instances, top LIJSL teams would fall middle of the pack in NYPL and probably a touch lower in NPL. Unless your daughter is literally "the entire team" on her LIJSL team, the jump to ECNL would be MASSIVE. Pace, level of skill and level of competition (even within the team itself) is leaps and bounds above LIJSL.

I'm not trying to scare you off, it's just something to think about. Depending on her age, if she tries an NPL or EDP and feels she wants more in a year or 2, ECNL will still be there.
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I agree with you for the most part, but would suggest possibly NPL as a stepping stone depending on daughter's age and skill level.

In the majority of instances, top LIJSL teams would fall middle of the pack in NYPL and probably a touch lower in NPL. Unless your daughter is literally "the entire team" on her LIJSL team, the jump to ECNL would be MASSIVE. Pace, level of skill and level of competition (even within the team itself) is leaps and bounds above LIJSL.

I'm not trying to scare you off, it's just something to think about. Depending on her age, if she tries an NPL or EDP and feels she wants more in a year or 2, ECNL will still be there.
She's currently U14.
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can she still play for her high school team if she joins NPL.
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Also NPL starts at U12 while ECNL and DA are U14.
ECNL starts at U13 now at most clubs and is a clearly defined league

NPL is a much broader term and encompasses many different subgroups - EDP and NYSCL have NPL, NE NPL....the area is drowning in alphabet soup

To the op: There is no NCL: you might be confusing it with NYCSL? It generally will be step about what she's doing now but not always. https://nyclubsoccerleague.com/ . There is also EDP, where the top two divisions are very competitive but it drops after that. All will involve more travel https://www.edpsoccer.com/

Ask around for good options in your are with good coaching. If she's under 13 don't get wrapped up in leagues yet - focus on the coaching. Take her to some practices at those clubs to see if there might be a fit.
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can she still play for her high school team if she joins NPL.
DA is the only league that restricts high school play. None of the others do.
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In order from top to bottom, roughly.

Tier 1

DA
ECNL
US Youth National League

Tier 2

US Youth ERL
EDP D1/D2
EDP-NPL
NYCSL-NPL
NYCSL-NYPL
Super-Y (though not really in our area)

Tier 3

EDP Premier/Championship
US Youth ENYPL

Tier 4

NYCSL-Travel
LIJSL

Tier 5

SSI Interleague

Tier 6

Intramurals
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