In the fall of 1999, EDP was launched from a single 18-team tournament. Fast forward to this October and the EDP Cup Fall 2019 featured nearly 600 teams and is ranked the #1 ranked tournament in the nation!
EDP has come a long way in reaching its 20th anniversary and is grateful for the support it has received from a generation of players, parents, coaches, teams, clubs, directors of coaching, game officials, facilities’ managers, and many other active participants in youth soccer.
The success of the past two decades provides a solid base, as well as increased motivation as EDP looks ahead to the next twenty years.
Going forward, EDP remains committed to its core principles of providing a good game every week, with sensible travel for youth players at all playing levels as it continues to innovate and enhance its league and tournament offerings.
In reflecting on its past, while simultaneously looking ahead to the future, EDP has aptly named its 20th anniversary celebration: EDP 20/20.
Inherent in the anniversary celebration is EDP’s ongoing focus on helping each player to achieve not only their potential in soccer but their academic goals and personal development as well. At the heart of these efforts by EDP, is an appreciation that over 70% of youth players are ultimately headed into higher education.
To this end, EDP will continue to emphasize and expand its Pathway to College™ programming, which provides several services and opportunities to help student-athletes and their parents identify and connect with the colleges and universities best suited to each youth player’s profile.
To initiate the EDP 20/20 celebration, EDP has teamed up with its partners to provide some fantastic prizes, including team registrations for EDP tournaments and leagues, training equipment, signed pro soccer gear, travel packages, and more --- 20 prizes for EDP’s first twenty years and 20 prizes for the next twenty years!
To qualify for the EDP 20/20 Giveaway, you must Enter to Win one of 40 prizes—20 prizes given away over 20 hours—on Saturday and Sunday at each of the EDP Cup Fall Showcase events. It all kicks off this weekend with the EDP Cup Fall Showcase Girls, and again the following week at EDP Cup Fall Showcase Boys. Winners will be announced on EDP social media channels.
Register Here for the EDP 20/20 Celebration giveaway or visit edpsoccer.com/20years for complete giveaway information, a full list of prizes, and other updates for EDP’s 20/20 Celebration including A History of EDP’s First 20 Years, Announcements on 20 More Years of Success, and more, to be released over the coming 2020 year.
Stay tuned for more by following EDP on social media for 20/20 news and announcements.
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. The key emphasis for EDP’s leagues and tournaments is its Pathway to College™ programming which enables 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.