FC Alliance girls earn national ‘Elite’ status

FC Alliance youth soccer club’s girls program is one of two in the nation becoming worthy of “Elite” status — literally — in 2017.

This West Knox County club with lots of Farragut players has been invited to join Elite Clubs National League, “which is considered the top girls youth league in the country,” said Filip Leander, FC Alliance Girls ADC director and a state championship coach with the club. “For example [all] 11 of the 11 All-SEC this [past] year were all ECNL. They put more players in college — it’s not even close — than any other club. Right now 67 percent of the SEC … are all alumni of this league.

“Basically, any player that is a Division I [major college] candidate, generally, is drawn to the league,” added Leander, also noting that FC Alliance is only the second Tennessee club ever invited into ECNL, joining a club in Nashville.

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