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EDP’s Inaugural 4v4 Event Scheduled For June 22

By Joe Clifford, 05/15/19, 12:30PM EDT


EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — On Saturday, June 22, EDP will conduct its inaugural 4v4 tournament at Central Park of Morris County in Morris Plains, NJ.  The one-day event is open to boys’ and girls’ teams in the 7U-19U age groups.

4v4 was designed as a fun, age- and ability-appropriate developmental method.  Short-sided games on a smaller field give all players the opportunity to stay engaged while enhancing their skills in every aspect of the game.

“You are improving players’ technique and skills by giving them a far greater number of ball contacts,” EDP Zone 1 Director Dean Slaughter said.  “The stats show drastic increases in the players’ involvement, which is great for their development.”

Teams will play a minimum of three 24-minute games with no goalkeepers on a 25’ x 35’ field.  All player passes will be accepted for the tournament, which is sanctioned by US Youth Soccer & New Jersey Youth Soccer

“This is soccer learning at its best,” Slaughter explained.  “All tasks are covered and none are shared, which keeps things simple during soccer drills and match situations.  The emphasis on control, passing and shooting skills gives the fundamental aspects of soccer.  And it’s fun for all the players.  They are all involved, and they get to both attack and defend.”

Registration is open now and available by clicking here.  The cost of the event is $149 per team, and rosters can consist of up to eight players. 

For more information, contact Dean Slaughter (

About EDP

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