EDP Soccer is bringing new competitive platforms to Florida through the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues. Our aim is to provide a range of developmental pathways for youth players. Our mission is to provide a good game every week with limited travel, while supporting players, parents and their teams/clubs with excellent customer service.
The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues are designed to support the US Soccer mission to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States by focusing on player development; meaningful games scheduled appropriately so youth players can train, compete and recover, and sensible travel to save costs and time. The multiple leagues format and opportunities for progression are intended to provide readily understood pathways based on on-the-field performance that connect local, metro, and sub-regional levels of play with Florida to statewide, regional and national competitive platforms promoted by US Youth Soccer.
7v7 | 8U-10
The elite level has an option to take part in a Sub-regional League at 10U in preparation for aging into 11U (9v9).
9v9 | 11U-12
The elite level has an option to take part in a Sub-regional League at 12U in preparation for aging into 13U (11v11) State level competition.
11v11 | 13U and above
Travel to meet the needs of the players’ ability levels could include Local & Metro League, Sub-regional League, Regional/US Youth Soccer Conference, and even US Youth Soccer National League --- again, depending on the players’/team’s level of play.
In summary | The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues provide age and competitively appropriate formats (7v7, 9v9, 11v11) and levels of play for boys’ and girls’ teams (8U through 19U) registered with the Florida Youth Soccer Association. What distinguishes the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues from individual leagues is that teams playing in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues are part of a connected system of leagues. This means that there is a pathway to participation for teams in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues based on their on-the-field performance that can take them from the local level to the metro/city level to the sub-regional level all the way up to the statewide, regional, and even national levels. In other words, the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues not only provide their own progressive range of competitive opportunities, they are also in concert with the Florida Youth Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer competitive platforms.
Team travel will vary depending on the specific league in which a team is registered from local to metro/city to sub-regional. Highly competitive teams at the older ages may earn the opportunity for US Youth Soccer Conference play, which is regional in nature, or even the US Youth Soccer National League.
Individual and team expenses in addition to the team registration fee for the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues will vary depending largely on travel requirements.
While highly competitive teams with high school age players may be interested in being scouted by college/university coaches, research indicates that most youngsters are focused on having fun as well as developing skills while playing sports. Consequently, the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues offer a range of developmental options from local play at the younger ages all the way up to highly competitive play at the older ages. We want youngsters to play soccer, stay with soccer, and enjoy soccer regardless of their level of play.
The developmental pathways provided by the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues are illustrated in the accompanying schematic. Teams progress through leagues based on age and level of play. All teams have access, therefore, to a developmentally appropriate pathway based on their results. Again, the leagues’ structure is designed to provide teams with competitive, not one sided games, and, consequently, a fun experience for the players, coaches, and parents.
In addition to the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues, EDP Soccer looks forward to making other programming available to the soccer community in Florida. For instance, in other areas of the country, EDP Soccer supports the EDP Foundation, which provides scholarships and other higher education experiences; EDP 1st Team, an all star program for both boys and girls involving advanced training and play; college combines; college admissions and recruiting seminars; EDP REP (Respect & Etiquette Policy), which emphasizes the importance of positive sideline behavior; and additional free opportunities for players, coaches, and parents.
We enable soccer players to reach their full potential on and off the field, with an emphasis on going to college, by providing a full range of the highest quality soccer-related experiences and empowering each player to select the pathway best suited to their goals.
EDP Soccer, headquartered in New Jersey, is an affiliate member of US Youth Soccer with 20 years of experience running high quality leagues and tournaments in multiple states serving over 4,500 teams annually. Our staff, including representatives in Florida, is dedicated to supporting your club and its players.
The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues, sanctioned by the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), will provide appropriate playing formats for all competitive levels of play for 8U to 19U boys’ and girls’ teams with the opportunity for highly competitive teams to earn their way into the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships, the US Youth Soccer Sunshine Conference, and the US Youth Soccer National League.
The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues will debut for the Fall 2020 season as the start of the 2020/2021 soccer year.
Q: What is the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues?
A: It is a Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) approved league that consists of a network of Local, Metro, and Sub-regional (within Florida) Leagues managed by EDP, a US Youth Soccer affiliate, providing top level competition for teams registered with FYSA. The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues provide a pathway to participation based on on-the-field performance for all teams registered with the FYSA.
Q: What teams are eligible to apply to participate in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues?
A: All 8U to 19U boys' and girls' teams in Florida.
Q: Can a team play in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues and Florida State Premier League?
Q: When can teams apply to play in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues?
A: Applications are being accepted for all EDP Florida Competitive Leagues (all locations, all levels of play, boys and girls).
Q: When will teams be notified whether or not they have been accepted to play in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues?
A: Teams will be notified in late July/early August.
Q: How much travel is involved?
A: The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues offers teams access to multiple levels of competition based on on-the-field performance. The Sub-regional leagues require more travel but with this comes increased competition. Local Leagues and Metro Leagues are designed to offer a good game every week with less travel.
Q: How much does it cost for a team to play in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues?
A: Local Leagues, Metro Leagues, and Sub-regional Leagues range between $250 - $450 per year depending on the competitive level.
Q: How many games will a team play when competing in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues?
A: It is anticipated that all teams will play a minimum of 7 to 8 games per season.
Q: If a team does well in the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues, does their success lead to additional competitive opportunities?
A: Yes, 13U and older boys’ and girls’ teams will be invited to apply for a wildcard spot into the US Youth Soccer Conference, part of the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program.