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Players, Teams & Clubs From All Levels of EDP Leagues to Benefit From New US Youth Soccer/NWSL Players Association Partnership

By Lonny Unger, 07/30/19, 5:00PM EDT

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East Brunswick, NJ (July 30, 2019) Players, teams and clubs throughout the various levels of EDP leagues will be benefiting in the future from a just-announced player and personal development partnership between United States Youth Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association, EDP announced today.

This past weekend, US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in America and the leader in youth soccer, announced an exclusive partnership with the NWSL Player’s Association (NWSLPA) aimed at developing programs focused on growing the game of soccer and increasing the awareness of the National Womens Soccer League and its players, while cultivating the personal development of participating NWSL players.

Through this exclusive partnership, US Youth Soccer will be recognized as the “Official Player and Personal Development Partner of the NWSLPA.” The first-of-its-kind relationship between a youth and professional soccer organization will create opportunities to further connect professional female soccer players with the various communities in which they were raised, live and compete. 

Through networking opportunities, clinics, camps and speaking engagements, participating players from the NWSLPA – such as those from Sky Blue FC in New Jersey and the Washington Spirit in the Maryland/Virginia area -- will continue serving as positive role modes within their communities as they encourage younger players.

“This is a great opportunity for participants in all of our EDP leagues to share in the knowledge of NWSL players and for our players to get up close and personal with women who have reached the pinnacle of our great sport,” said EDP CEO Alan Shilling.

“Partnering with US Youth Soccer and its 55 Member State Associations is a game changer for the NWSLPA and its players,” said Brooke Elby, President of the NWSLPA. “State Associations are uniquely positioned to provide our players with additional opportunities to develop community-based networks that will focus on the individual’s personal development on and off of the field.”

Given that a large majority of American players in the NWSL are alumnae of US Youth Soccer and grew up playing in one or more of US Youth Soccer’s competitive programs (like those managed by EDP), they are uniquely familiar with the challenges and opportunities many young players face.

“US Youth Soccer could not be more excited about this partnership as we, in concert with our organization members, continue to lead the way in growing the game and providing the path for every player,” said Chris Moore, CEO of US Youth Soccer.  “To be able to not only expose our youth participants to these amazing professional players, but to also assist these powerful women in further developing skills that will aid in their eventual transition from players to community leaders, is an accomplishment of which we are truly proud.”

Read the official US Youth Soccer / NWSL Players Association Press Release.


About NWSL Players Association

The NWSL Players Association is the official player association and union of Players in the National Women's Soccer League. It was founded in May of 2017, and represents all Players on NWSL rosters who sign Standard Player Agreements with NWSL. For more information about the Players Association, contact nwslplayers@gmail.com

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 www.USYouthSoccer.org.


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 www.edpsoccer.com.