Rockville Centre, NY/East Brunswick, NJ (May 31, 2019) – EDP, in conjunction with the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and its member leagues, have established a new structure that will offer multiple levels of regional, premier level, competition for teams in Eastern New York, starting in the Fall of 2019. These regional divisions will be for boys and girls aged 11U to 19U.
These regional divisions (per age/gender) – which will sit underneath EDP's currently structured EDP Premier 1 and EDP Premier 2 divisions – will help establish a player development pathway for all players in Eastern New York. These divisions will effectively replace what was the Eastern New York Premier League that had been run by ENYYSA in the past.
(Pictured below) The pathway created to the National Championship according to ENYYSA President Richie Christiano and EDP CEO Alan Shilling
These divisions will be offered in each of three districts around Eastern New York: Capital District; Hudson Valley/Westchester/Rockland County; and Long Island/5 Boroughs.
“These premier divisions are designed for higher level teams that aspire to progress in future seasons to US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conference play,” said Shilling, who added that teams that play in these divisions will be part of a league structure that allows all teams that participate to have a good game every week with sensible travel.
ENYYSA’s Christiano said “This new EDP/ENYYSA partnership will allow our member leagues to provide a structured pathway, through which they can connect themselves to the growing US Youth Soccer National Leagues program.” He added “This integration also provides an opportunity for us to attract clubs from outside of ENYYSA programming as we will now have a place, and a clearly defined development pathway, for all players under ENYYSA”.
11U-14U boys’ and girls’ teams would begin play in the fall of 2019, and the league will expand to include 15U-19U boys’ and girls’ teams in the spring of 2020.
"As a community-based club, providing our families with a clear vision of the pathways that we offer is tremendously helpful. We are constantly looking for ways to inspire our players to achieve more and providing opportunities for all players to access meaningful competition at local, regional and national levels helps us do just that. We look forward to growing our relationship with EDP for years to come." - Paul Biglin, Massapequa SC Director of Coaching
"We have been steadily increasing our participation with EDP over the last few years and it is due, in large part, to the professional environment that they have created. Aside from providing our players with the highest level of competition, EDP is always there when I need them. Be it a schedule change, a roster question, or simply to talk soccer, the level of service EDP provides is second-to-none." - Elvin Vasquez, Long Island Premier FC President
“One of my responsibilities as president of the CJSL is to make sure our league is constantly evolving with time and providing the best levels of play to our member clubs. A clear pathway where teams can progress and develop within is ideal for the modern player. The ENYYSA & EDP partnership brings a lot of excitement to all NY soccer families. We are looking forward to creating the best option for clubs, parents and players to participate for generations to come.” – Ron Restrepo, Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League President
“I am thrilled that EDP, a league which prioritizes true player development within a supportive, competitive environment will now be providing a localized league right here on Long Island. The consistent competition and service EDP is known for, along with the reduced travel is a developmentally ideal formula for players and families. The balance it will bring to young players and families is long overdue and it will help them sustain a love and passion for the game.” - Lauren Gallagher, Ph.D. Mental Fitness Coach, Long Island SC
“My family has played and coached in the Long Island soccer scene for many decades and never has the need for a clearly defined pathway been more apparent. A vertically integrated structure, which allows the most talented players to progress to the highest levels of youth soccer and also provides viable local opportunities for all other players is long overdue on Long Island. This model is exactly what we need and I’m thrilled to be part of a movement that what will no doubt elevate youth soccer on Long Island for years to come.” - Jim Kilmeade, Northport Cow Harbor Coach
“Our top teams have played in EDP for years and have always experienced the highest level of competition in the region. Knowing that we can now access EDP at a more localized level and still have the ability to advance to regional and national levels of play is very exciting. We are excited to support this platform with our teams.” - Leo Bosch, Atletico FC New York Academy Administrator
"We are excited about the future state of the local soccer environment. Through EDP our players will now have an expanded pathway to competitive soccer. For Sachem Youth Soccer we now have the ability to offer soccer to players at every level." – Chris Chaisty, Sachem YSL President
“We are looking forward to having our local teams experience what EDP has to offer! Right level of play with less travel.” – Ra Ung, NY Stars Premier Director
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.