Challenge, ECNL, and the College Recruiting Process

The Challenge College Assistance Program is second to none in the Houston area as our contacts extend across the country and to all levels of college soccer. With over 25 years of placing players in nationally recognized Division 1, 2, and 3 college programs, our reputation amongst college coaching circles is unmatched and our voice is heavily trusted. Our staff is committed to assisting all of our athletes navigate through the sometimes complex and overwhelming recruiting process. Through the utilization of individual player and parent meetings, team meetings, club wide presentations, and personalized college tracking spreadsheets, families are able to approach college recruiting with confidence and a complete understanding of how to get their daughter into the program that best suits her academic and playing dreams.

Since the ECNL’s inception, Challenge players have gone on to play at the following collegiate programs, to name a few:
 

  • Texas A&M University       
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Baylor University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Marquette University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • University of Miami
  • University of Houston
     

The ECNL is currently the preeminent collegiate recruiting platform in the country and since their beginning; the ECNL National Events (including the National Playoffs and Finals) have become ‘must attend’ evaluation opportunities for all college programs across the country. Consistently the National Events draw between 300-400 college coaches from all levels and due to Challenge’s unmatched collegiate placement history, it is not uncommon to see our sidelines packed with over 150 college coaches over a weekend.

Per ECNL rules, the U14 and U18 age groups attend one National Event in conjunction with their ECNL Texas Conference league schedule. The U15 age group will attend two National Events (plus the National Playoffs) and the U16 and U17 age groups will attend three National Events (plus the National Playoffs), as those are the primary recruiting ages.