East Brunswick, NJ (March 12, 2019)— The inaugural US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences Spring Showcase, featuring the top teams from across the National League EDP Conferences, will take place in April at the Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Hammonton, NJ. This professional-grade grass venue will host the Girls’ 15U-19U age groups on April 13-14 and the Boys’ 15U-19U age groups on April 27-28.
EDP Showcase events at the Tuckahoe Turf Farm are regarded as some of the nation’s top scouting events by college coaches, and each regularly attracts over 250 coaches. All teams are guaranteed three games against top-quality opponents.
“Having lots of top teams competing at a single, quality venue makes scouting very simple,” Lehigh University Men’s Soccer Head Coach Dean Koski commented. “I can quickly see players who have expressed interest in my program, as well as identifying new players who I may not have had on my radar.”
Teams attending the National League EDP Conferences Showcase represent the pinnacle of youth soccer in the East Region. Many of the clubs that participate in this prestigious event are well-known for advancing their players to the collegiate level.
"The National League EDP Conferences Spring Showcase is one of the premier-level club events in the yearly soccer calendar," explained John Ellinger, Technical Director at Soccer Association of Columbia and US Youth Soccer. "SAC is honored to have the opportunity to compete in such a prestigious event for the first time, and we look forward to competing in it again for many years to come."
"We're extremely excited to be part of the first National League EDP Conferences Spring Showcase," Pipeline Soccer Club Chief Executive Officer Sean Rush added. "EDP always goes above and beyond in the terms of professionalism, and our players are going to be at the forefront of something very special. (Technical Director) Santino Quaranta and I, along with our club directors, look forward to having our teams playing high-quality clubs at a premier facility with colleges, scouts, and EDP watching closely."
Clubs are also simultaneously competing in their respective National League EDP Conferences (North Atlantic, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic) this Spring for their chance to advance the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships. Teams during this time are also competing to earn qualification for the 2019-20 National League season.
The National League provides an avenue for 14U-19U teams to play in meaningful games against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the collegiate, professional and National Team levels. In addition to recruiting opportunities, the top finishers in each division earn a ticket to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
“The US Youth Soccer National League has been a game-changer for our club,” Syracuse Development Academy Director of Soccer Michael Paolini said. “National League and National League EDP Conferences provide our teams with a platform to showcase our talent in front of hundreds of college coaches from across the country, and I’m proud of our players who have seized that opportunity and are now playing at major college programs such as West Virginia University, Villanova University and Syracuse University.”
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.
About US Youth Soccer - Leagues Program
The US Youth Soccer Leagues Program is for the nation’s top boys and girls, offering additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches. The program includes the national tier called the National League, which is in its 12th year of competition in the 2018-19 season. The reimagined League Program also includes a multi-state tier with a network of 13 high-level competitive conferences throughout the country. The conferences provide opportunities for qualification into the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Championships, as well as the following season’s National League (national tier). EDP manages four conferences: the Mid Atlantic EDP Conference, New England EDP Conference, North Atlantic EDP Conference and South Atlantic EDP Conference.