The Girls’ National League EDP Conferences Spring Showcase takes place this weekend at the Tuckahoe Turf Farms. One of EDP’s biggest events, it will bring together the top teams and players from across three National League Conferences managed by EDP (North Atlantic, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic). The high level of competition makes this Showcase a prime recruiting opportunity, with over 100 college coaches expected to attend.
“This is the truest form of a showcase,” EDP Executive Director of Leagues Jen Marcella said. “Even though standings are being kept and teams will get their points, this is all about showcasing the players. The whole principle behind it is to give them a place where college coaches can come watch them all in the same place at the same time.”
EDP will hold three other Showcases for girls teams later in the year (June, July & November), but this is the only one that will feature all of the top teams from the three EDP-managed National League Conferences, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League. Every team in the event comes from the National League Conferences, the highest multi-state level leagues in US Youth Soccer.
With so many top teams participating, there will be quality games in every bracket across all age groups (U15-U19)—which is something the EDP staff works hard to guarantee when creating the schedule.
“When we built the brackets, we based it on their level, but what we also tried to do was give them a variety of opponents from the other conferences,” Marcella detailed. “We tried to pair it so that it’s top teams vs. top teams. The top teams in the South Atlantic will play teams from the Mid Atlantic and North Atlantic, not each other."
Three of the top four teams nationally, including No. 1 Philadelphia SC Coppa Swarm 04 (PA-E), are in the U15 division at the event. The U16 bracket is headlined by third-ranked Delaware Football Club DEFC 03 Girls (DE). Two teams that have already advanced through the National League to the US Youth Soccer National Championships—defending National Champion and No. 1-ranked SJEB Rush 02G Academy Blue (NJ) and Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD)—will participate at the U17 level.
SJEB Rush is also the No. 1 team in the U19 rankings. Meanwhile, Premier SC Navy (Strikers) (MD), another team that has already qualified for the National Championships, will be a part of the U18 age group.
At most EDP tournaments, the brackets consist of eight teams, with two group winners meeting in a championship game. The National League EDP Conferences Showcases are structured differently, however. There are only six teams in each bracket with no championship, and all games are crossovers against the other group.
“Really, this is just another benefit of being in our league,” Marcella explained. “The whole point is to have the best teams come together and play each other. The top tournaments draw more college coaches, and this will be one of our best tournaments based on level. If not THE best.”
About the United States Youth Soccer National League
The US Youth Soccer National Leagues Program is for the nation’s top teams in the 13U through 19U boys and girls age groups, offering additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches. In the 2018-19 soccer season, the program will include the national tier called the National League, which will feature a total of 352 teams, as well as the multi-state tier, which will be comprised of a network of several high-level competitive conferences throughout the country.
About the United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer – "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 Member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit our US Youth Soccer homepage or go to www.USYouthSoccer.org.