PHOENIX (Thursday, April 13th, 2023) -- Utah Royals FC AZ has announced the creation of a Pre-ECNL program for 11U and 12U girls. The goal of this program is to identify and foster the development of Utah Royals FC AZ players who are committed to reaching the highest levels of play.
The Pre-ECNL program will be overseen by Utah Royals FC AZ Director Tiffany Roberts and Utah Royals FC AZ Pre-ECNL Director Jenny Jeffers.
Pre-ECNL Utah Royals FC AZ teams will comprise players from all regions in the state. 11U girls teams will be led by Jeffers and Dan Soutar and 12U girls teams will be led by Soutar, Bryan Sabato, and Javi Torres.
To join the RSL AZ Pre-ECNL program players must participate in the upcoming ECNL/ECNL-RL tryouts. Participating players in the Utah Royals FC AZ Pre-ECNL program will train throughout the Phoenix area in sessions that will combine players from all regions. In addition to these weekly training sessions, players will have opportunities throughout the year to train alongside the U13-U19 Utah Royals FC AZ ECNL/ECNL-RL teams. Players will also compete in ECNL events and special events throughout the year.
Both sessions times are 6:00PM-7:30PM Following the conclusion of tryouts, players will be identified and invited to the program.
"I am thrilled to be part of the Utah Royals FC AZ as the Pre-ECNL Director. All of the coaches here have done an amazing job fostering each player's development t in the U11 and U12 age groups," said Pre-ECNL Director, Jenny Jeffers. "I'm excited to do my part in preparing all of our Pre-ECNL players to play at the highest level of competition."