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Coaches and Team Managers: Please share this important information with your team’s parents and players.

MARCH 26, 2020 - EDP SOCCER AND ITS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL IDENTIFY SOLUTIONS FOR 2020.

 

Dear Club Leadership, Coaches and Team Managers:

As a follow-up to our League communication from last week, EDP Soccer and the EDP Leadership Council have been working diligently to identify viable solutions for Spring League play. While there are still data points yet to be defined, we have made significant progress to date.

As part of our efforts to identify a working model for league play, which we can utilize when it is safe to do so, EDP Soccer is considering all internal and external parameters. Here are some of the parameters that have been kept in mind as this process has progressed:

As it relates to teams who do NOT play in the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP (Premier I and Premier II), EDP Soccer is looking at options that would shift the schedules of these divisions back and extend the season into late Spring and Summer. This will provide a larger timeframe within which games may be played, which will allow for a more natural cadence and balance of league, tournament and showcase play.

With regard to teams that compete in the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP (Premier I and Premier II), EDP Soccer is considering multiple parameters, which will ultimately determine the structure of the league season. Some of these parameters include:

  • Start Date – This will be determined by local health and government officials as well as US Youth Soccer’s determination of when to resume Conference play.
  • End Date – EDP Soccer is working closely with US Youth Soccer at a National, Regional and State level to ensure that all Premier I divisions comply with all rules and regulations of the National Championship Series (Regionals and Nationals) for the 2019/2020 season and National League for the 2020/2021 season. Once the dates have been finalized, EDP will create a league structure that will ensure that all games are played within the given timeframe.
  • Reduced Travel – In an effort to reduce travel, which may be important if mid-week games become necessary, all Premier I teams will be re-bracketed based primarily on geography, as opposed to club-based vs. team-based formats.
    • Note, EDP will attempt to preserve any games that have already been played this season by placing those teams in the same brackets during this re-bracketing process.
  • Reduced Game Load – We anticipate a smaller timeframe within which games will need to be played. So as not to overwhelm teams/players with too many games in too short a timeframe, EDP will reduce the game load on each team.
    • Note, while league play will see a reduced number of fixtures, we will ensure that all teams receive no fewer than the minimum number of games, as required by each State Association.
  • Double-Counting – EDP Soccer recognizes that Tournaments and State Cup are also considerations for teams/clubs. As such, EDP is working internally, regarding tournament play, and with State Associations, regarding State Cup, to ensure that the option of double counting games across multiple competitions is available.
    • For example, as part of our strategy to postpone the EDP US Youth Soccer Conferences Showcase, each team could use this event, on its newly scheduled dates, as an opportunity to not only Showcase their players, but to also play multiple league games.
  • Facilities – We recognize that not all clubs control their own facilities. Accordingly, we will need to ensure that teams/clubs who do NOT have facilities are placed in divisions with teams/clubs who do have facilities, which will provide a venue for games to be played.

As EDP Soccer and the EDP Leadership Council continue to gather information and work towards a final league structure, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, know that we are doing everything in our power to provide a full and meaningful spring soccer experience for our membership.

Until our next communication stay healthy and stay safe. And remember, we are in this together.  #inittogether

Yours in Soccer,
Steve Shilling, CEO, EDP Soccer
John Ellinger, Chair, EDP Leadership Council


 

EDP LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

   
Jonathan Colton - Bethesda SC Santino Quaranta - Pipeline SC
Kierran Patrick - Cedar Stars Academy Cliff Simmons - SJEB Rush
Roberto Aguas - FC Copa Academy John Ellinger - Soccer Association of Columbia
Jordi Meijer - NJ Premier FC  Bobby Puppione - The St James FC Virginia
Dan Harmon - Phila. Ukrainian Nationals SC Lee Bakewell - TSF Academy

 

Like many businesses across the nation, our clubs and coaches may be experiencing unexpected difficulties during the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). EDP Soccer is here to support you during this crisis and will be sharing information as it becomes available. 


Previous Updates

March 24, 2020: EDP April Showcases Update
After careful consideration, we have made the decision to suspend all tournament activity through the end of April 2020. Specifically:
The EDP Easter Showcase, originally scheduled for April 10 & 11 has been cancelled.

The EDP US Youth Soccer Conferences Showcase (Girls: April 18 & 19; Boys April 25 & 26) have been postponed. EDP is working on contingency plans for rescheduling these events and will provide options as soon as they become available. 
Read More>

 

March 19, 2020: EDP League Update
EDP Soccer and Its Leadership Council Team Up to Explore Solutions for 2020.  
Read More>

 

March 12, 2020: EDP League Update
EDP League Update:  Announcement from US Youth Soccer (March 12, 2020) – “ALL 2020 US Youth Soccer Leagues Program and Conference activities nationwide are SUSPENDED through April 15, 2020.  US Youth Soccer will be evaluating conditions on a bi-weekly basis to determine when it’s appropriate to reinstate USYS activities.” As a result, the US Youth Soccer Conference managed by EDP are postponed.
 

Announcement from US Youth Soccer (March 12, 2020) – “State, local league or member play, practices, etc. should be made on a case-by-case basis. Organizers should evaluate the local conditions to determine appropriate action steps.” As a result, ALL EDP League and EDP Futures games will be SUSPENDED through the end of March 2020.  
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March 12, 2020, 5PM: EDP Spring Classic 2020 Boys - Event Update
The EDP Spring Classic 2020 Boys will NOT be held as scheduled next weekend, March 21 – 22, 2020. This decision was made as a result of the rapidly evolving situation as it relates to COVID-19, and the announcement made today by NJ Governor Phil Murphy recommending the cancellation of all public gatherings of 250 or more people, including parades, concerts, and sporting events.  
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March 12, 2020, 12PM: EDP Spring Classic 2020 Girls - Event Update
The EDP Spring Classic 2020 Girls will NOT be held as scheduled this weekend, March 14 – 15, 2020. This change in plans is due to the rapidly evolving situation as it relates to COVID-19, including guidance from public health and medical professionals regarding large group gatherings, which has been made available in the last 24 hours.  
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Coaches and Team Managers: Please share this important information with your team’s parents and players.

MARCH 24, 2020 - EDP SOCCER APRIL SHOWCASES UPDATE

Dear Coaches and Team Managers,

EDP Soccer understands that the impact of COVID-19 is changing our lives, and that its ramifications on our routines and expectations are constantly evolving. Like you, EDP Soccer continues to monitor the situation, and make adjustments in its tournament offerings as information becomes available.
 
After careful consideration, we have made the decision to suspend all tournament activity through the end of April 2020. Specifically:

  • The EDP Easter Showcase, originally scheduled for April 10 & 11, 2020, has been removed from our scheduled events. For registered teams, we will post a 100% credit for the amounts paid, which can be applied toward a future EDP Soccer event through July 2021. Details on the process and guidelines to use your credit will be supplied shortly and will be accessible on edpsoccer.com/tournament-credit.
     
  • The EDP US Youth Soccer Conferences Showcases (Girls – April 18 & 19; Boys – April 25 & 26) have been postponedEDP Soccer recognizes the loss of significant showcasing opportunities for players seeking to be recruited for college play. Both teams and college coaches rely on these events. Therefore, our staff is working hard on contingency plans, which would allow these Showcases to be moved to a later date. Recognizing the evolving timeline, we will provide options as soon as they become available. If postponement is not possible for this Spring, your team will receive a 100% credit for all payments received, which can be applied toward a future EDP Soccer event through July 2021.

We are all affected by this pandemic, and appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work through these trying times. EDP Soccer will remain open and available, to answer questions and to work with you to get back to "normal".

For EDP, soccer is second only to your health and safety. That’s why EDP Soccer is working hard for you by doing everything in its power to ensure we can restore our soccer programs quickly and meaningfully when the time is right. EDP Soccer and its Leadership Council are currently preparing and analyzing multiple potential models for resumption of league and Cup play, as well as evaluating facilities and timing for rescheduling tournaments.

EDP Soccer will update you regularly over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, stay safe and follow all the guidelines being issued by local, state and federal folks.

United by Soccer,
The EDP Soccer Team



If an event status changes, such as postponements, schedule changes or cancellations, EDP Soccer will inform team contacts prior-to or during the event via email, text message, phone call, social post, or public announcement. Team contacts includes club coaches, team managers, and other contacts as provided during registration.

SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF EDP UPDATES ->

 

CHANGES TO EDP SOCCER EVENT PROTOCOLS

 

  • No pre, during, or post-game handshakes with opposing team members or game officials.
  • International team walkouts and hand-in-hand/arm-in-arm team huddles are not recommended, and we encourage participants to limit or eliminate off-field physical contact where ever possible.
  • No awards ceremonies. (Manager/coach please come to tournament headquarters to collect awards.)
  • EDP Staff will regularly wipe down areas of common use (e.g. portable toilets).
  • Extra hand sanitizers and washing stations will be available.
  • EDP Soccer will not be providing hydration station tents at each field.

 


 

Everyone Can Help Follow Preventative Measures and Best Practices


Everyday preventative actions can be proactively taken to reduce risks. EDP Soccer strongly recommends the following precautionary guidelines be followed by your players and families:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water (at least 30 seconds) especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching the mouth, eyes or nose with hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean up team and training areas after every use (e.g. throw used water bottles in the trash).
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol in addition to frequent hand washing.
  • Bring sanitizing products. Carry small bottles of alcohol-based sanitizers to use when hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Do not share water bottles or food.
  • If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) feels ill prior to a scheduled event, please have them stay home and not attend the event in order to reduce risk to others.
  • If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) becomes ill during an event and has symptoms such as coughing, fever, or general malaise, please contact a medical professional; to reduce exposure, consider self-isolation until evaluated by medical personnel; immediately exit the facility; do not come into personal contact with other participants.
  • Coaches and team managers: Please be sure to have updated medical information and contact information for all minors’ parents or guardians that may not be present.

Less Risks to Youth

Some infectious disease specialists and scientists say older adults may be more vulnerable to the virus. World Health Organization officials say the majority are over 40 years old and it’s hitting those with underlying health conditions and the elderly particularly hard. A small study published Jan 30 in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet found that the average age of coronavirus patients was roughly 55 years old. The CDC advises that risks increase for patients over 60 years old. More studies are in progress.

Please review these resources for more information:

CDC: Coronavirus Children FAQ
WEBMD: Coronavirus top targets
CNBC: Coronavirus seems to be sparing kids
Stat News: Coronavirus Risks by Demographic Factors

 


 

Advanced EDP Soccer Event Facility Preparations and Readiness


Our facilities and event staff will provide additional resources and planning, so we are all better prepared onsite.

EDP Soccer is taking extra precautions to make sure you, your players, and families are safe at all of our spring tournaments and events. We are ready and prepared to ensure your safety.

 

Restroom Sanitization: All permanent and portable restrooms onsite at each facility will be cleaned several times each day.

Hand Sanitization: Several hand washing stations will be placed in key locations throughout each facility. They will include water, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. Please encourage your participants to use these facilities regularly.

Event Tents and Structures: All public surfaces will be wiped clean and sanitized regularly throughout the event.

Event Vendors: Our vendor partners will be informed of taking extra precautions to ensure cleanliness.

EDP, Event & Medical Staff: All event staff will be informed on best practices and emergency procedures. NOTE: Medical staff will have face masks, but only for individuals who feel ill during the event.

Emergency Action Plan: We have sourced locations and contact info for all emergency service providers and have strategic plans in place to implement in the case of an emergency.

Emergency Authorities Partnership: We have contacted and partnered with local municipal and township officials, emergency responders, and hospitals to inform them of our events and our action plans in case of emergency.

Soccer Authorities Partnership: We are close contact with U.S. Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and NJYS sharing best practices and feedback to ensure optimal conditions for safe play.

 


 

Be Prepared by Being Informed


Below are additional resources and links to learn more. Please review and share this information.

The State of New Jersey Department of Health provides a 24-Hour Public Hotline to address questions about the COVID-19. Call 1-800-222-1222. They also provide additional information, including frequently asked questions at: nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
 
 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms, how it spreads and other frequently asked questions, visit the CDC website, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
 

CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

For information about handwashing, see the CDC’s Handwashing website.
 
Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). 

 

Travel Advisories

 

If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, please review current US State Department Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
 
CDC Travel Health Notices:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
 
CDC Travel Information:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html