The Eclipse Select Soccer Club has created a rich tradition of developing talent and experiencing success on and off the soccer field over the past nineteen years. Philosophically, the club believes in creating a physically and mentally challenging environment that stimulates the athletes to reach their highest potential. Eclipse Select provides an atmosphere like none other, which instills a sense of pride and belonging for our players, teams, and families.
History and Success:
The Eclipse Select Soccer Club was formed in 1997 to facilitate the elite level youth soccer experience. It began with two teams and has evolved into a program consisting of over 50 teams throughout the Chicago-land area, Northwest Indiana and Wisconsin. The club offers programs for players from all levels and ages, from preschool children to collegiate level and national team athletes. Philosophically, the club believes in creating a competitive environment that is physically and mentally challenging while stimulating the players to reach their highest potential.
Over the years, Eclipse Select has of course enjoyed a vast amount of success on the field. Highlights include 56 Illinois State Championships, 23 USYSA Region II Championships, 7 USYSA National Championships plus another 15 National Finalists, 3 ECNL National Championships, and 1 ECNL Overall Club National Championship. Eclipse Select has also helped over 400 student athletes continue their soccer careers at the collegiate level, including 15 that went on to play professionally. A large handful of Eclipse Select athletes have received individual recognition at national events and/or been called into U.S. National camps, events, competitions. Specifically on the female side, Eclipse Select has been recognized as one of the top youth soccer clubs in the country every year since 2007.
Arguably, the most important accomplishments Eclipse Select has achieved are off the field. Our soccer club and its coaching staff, led by Rory Dames and Mike Nesci, has been able to create a unique environment that teaches the athletes life-long lessons that can prepare them for what’s ahead. Time management, commitment and dedication, accountability to teammates, and a sense of belonging to something bigger than any individual player or team just to name a few. A large majority of our Eclipse Select athletes soar in the classroom, continue this trend in college as student-athletes at some of the top academic institutions in the country, and have gone on to be successful in life after soccer. This is a strong testament that Eclipse Select does it right!
The Eclipse Select Soccer Club has rapidly grown from a small, select-based, elite soccer experience to a full service club with multiple locations in communities surronding the greater Chicago-land area.
During this growth, we have continued to expand the bredth of our operations while maintaining the things that helped us grow - Family, Tradition, and Excellence! To help you understand our model of operations and how it pertains to your child's experience, please see the following graphic;
Our Super Recreational League, founded in 2014, provides professional oversight to a recreational environment for players age 5 through 8. With programs in Oak Brook, Naperville and Northwest Indiana, we aim to provide a superior introductory experience for the youth in all of those communities. Please click HERE to view details about our Super Rec League.
The Youth Development Program (YDP) is the second step in the Eclipse Select Experience, providing advanced developmental opportunities for players age 8 through 10.
Our main goal at this age entails the building of individuals through technical development. A specific curriculum and ideology will be followed at all sites in regard to the technical advancement of the player. Pools of players will be formed at each age group in each site. The pools will play as a team(s) in different leagues such as the IWSL, NISL and YSSL. The individual technical skills of the player will be stressed above the performance of the team/pool as a whole.
Following the YDP, all players enter the Premier Program for the U11 year. This step serves as a bridge from the YDP to the 11v11 model. At the conclusion of the U11 year, the Premier Program is offered from U12-U18 to those players looking for a competitive environment with a reduced commitment to time and travel. The continued individual technical development is now advanced into tactical areas of the game as a whole. Players will begin to understand the functionality of technique as it relates to the tactics of the team. The pools of players will begin to compete as a team(s) in higher level events as it pertains to the level of each individual pool. The Premier level teams/pools formed at ages 15-18 are a lower level of commitment in comparison to our Elite level teams/pools at these age groups.
The Elite Program provides our U12-U18 members the highest level of competition available in both the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and US Club Soccer. .
Player development and team success are now equal components at this stage. The athlete should continue to develop into a complete player as well as becoming a functioning member of his or her team. Teams will compete in high level events and leagues throughout the country, such as JR ECNL, ECNL and the USYSA National League. The height of competition will be based upon the individual and the level of the team.
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is an invite only league that consists of the top youth female clubs across the country. The ECNL is the highest level league structure for girls youth soccer in the U.S. Eclipse Select is proud to be one of the founding members of the league and one of its top performers since 2009. Please visit the ECNL website for further detail on the league: www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com
The United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) is also a high level league for girls youth soccer in the U.S. It is considered one level below the ECNL. It provides tough competition at events hosted throughout the region and country. Please visit the USYSA website for further detail on the league: www.usyouthsoccer.org
For Elite teams/pools ages 15-18, exposure to college coaches and the college recruiting process also become important. Both ECNL and USYSA provide excellent recruiting opportunities for our membership. It is a top priority for our staff to assist our players in finding the right school, athletically and academically, where he or she will be successful.