East Brunswick, NJ (May 7, 2019) —To replace the competition achieved during the past few years with the U12 Division of the US Soccer Development Academy League, six clubs in the Mid-Atlantic area have gotten together to form a U12 Atlantic Development Player EDP Conference. This conference will give these clubs a chance to participate in developmentally-appropriate competition that is virtually identical to what these clubs experienced when US Soccer ran a national U12 DA program. The following clubs – who participated in this season’s U12 US Development Academy League -- have committed to playing in this EDP Mid-Atlantic DA club conference for 2019-20:
“When US Soccer announced it was handing back U12 development back to the clubs, these clubs got together to say they wanted to continue to compete against one another in very similar competition. So we at EDP got together with these clubs to put an almost identical program together,” said EDP CEO Simon Collins.
Jonathan Colton, director of coaching at Bethesda SC, said his club “is honored to be a part of this new U12 DA League with other like-minded clubs that have similar philosophies about player development.” He added his club feels “this league will also provide us with the best competition while also limiting our travel costs for our families.”
League play will start this September, take a winter break, and then pick up in March.
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.