The Elite Clubs National League Boys (ECNL Boys) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. ECNL will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the ECNL Boys will advance into the ECNL Boys Post-Season.


ECNL provides a platform that is:

  • focused on long-term player development
  • for the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent and meaningful high-level games that are appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios
  • integrated with the id² Program, which includes Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and that works closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development
  • providing an avenue for qualification for the ECNL National Finals and full Elite National Premier League


The ECNL Regional League – Heartland Conference joined the ECNL platform in the 2020-21 season.

This conference provide U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U19 teams (Boys) the same and consistent platform to play at.

Top Clubs from Kansas and Missouri make up the newly established Heartland Conference. League winners and qualifiers advance to the ECNL National Playoffs.


Manhattan Surf in partnership with Kansas City Surf will join the ECNL for Boys Regional Heartland Conference, with teams for U13 (2011), U14 (201o), U15 (2009), U16 (2008), U17 (2007) and U18/19 (2006/2005).

The Surf ECNL Boys Regional League teams will be part of the elite tier of the club and therefore have higher expectations & requirements for commitment, training and some travel as opposed to our other competitive teams.

All of Surf ECNL Boys Regional League teams will practice 3 times per week (2 in the winter months) and play ECNL games as well as local league games and college showcase events / elite level tournaments. All age groups have the potential to move onto the ECNL National playoff series.

All high school aged players will be able to participate in High School soccer as the seasons do not conflict.