Challenge 05 ECNL forward, Emma Yeager, has been selected to the ICC South Select All-Star roster for the upcoming International Champions Cup Futures. The Girls ICC Futures Division will host 12 teams from five countries at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL from December 10-15, 2019.
The tournament field includes Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) as the four European club academies, as well as four ICC US-based Regional All-Star teams (South, East, Midwest and West), which will include leading ECNL Girls players and more from around the country, and the 2019 u15 ECNL final four teams (LAFC Slammers, PDA, Heat FC, Concorde Fire)
In addition to Emma’s roster selection, Challenge ECNL Associate Director and GK Director, Chris Maravalli, will serve as a coaching staff member of the ICC South Region team.
ICC South has been drawn into the very difficult Group 2, alongside English power Manchester City, the ECNL national champions PDA and ECNL runners-up LAFC Slammers.
On December 11 & 12, the ICC Futures teams will compete in group play. Each team will be placed in a group of four, competing against each team within their group across three matches. Based on standings, teams will either qualify for the top division (Championship), middle division (Trophy), or third division (Bowl). The girls’ teams will each compete in a semifinal match in their division. The Championship Division will ultimately decide the girls’ 2019 ICC Futures Champion.
On December 11 and 12, matches will be live streamed through InternationalChampionsCup.com, Facebook and Twitter. On December 14 and 15, the Championship Division including the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals for both girls and boys will be televised on ESPN.
“Emma’s selection to the first every ICC Future’s event is a testament to her hard work and improvement over the years. Clearly Emma has been indentified as one of the elite players in the country and we cannot wait to see her play against some of the best players in the world. This is a great opportunity for the Challenge family to watch one of their own on the world’s stage! Good luck Emma and Coach Chris!”
-Pat O’Toole, Executive Director
About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls 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 the 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.
About Challenge Soccer Club: Challenge Soccer Club, an all-girls 501c3 not for profit organization, was founded in 1987 to provide youth girls soccer opportunities to both the Houston and Greater South Texas communities. Challenge’s goals are simple: (i) provide motivated female athletes the opportunity to pursue their goals in a structured and competitive environment (ii) provide top class coaching and educational support in a positive yet demanding setting (iii) improve the standard of girls youth soccer in South Texas while striving to be a power on the national stage by offering technical and tactically focused training sessions catered towards the female athlete. Challenge is a sanctioned member of US Club Soccer as well as a founding member of both the Elite Clubs National League and United Soccer Clubs South Texas based league.