This weekend EDP’s annual Fall Classic 2019 tournament featuring skill-appropriate competitive brackets for boys and girls ages 8U to 19U kicked off at 6 different locations hosting nearly 500 teams from along the East Coast, as well as other regions throughout the country. Locations include Hammonton, Pittsgrove, West Windsor, Bridgeton, Hamilton, and North Brunswick, NJ.
The EDP Fall Classic is regularly among the 30 largest youth soccer events in the nation and a cornerstone of EDP’s Classic Series. The timing of the event is great for younger players who are closing out their fall season and for high school age players solidifying their form before winter schedules and showcase events.
Following their games on the first day several coaches commented on their tournament experience:.
“I think the competition level is pretty fair across the brackets. We’re a pretty good team so we came here because we wanted to get some game time. Most of these kids are high school players and so this is our first event. Then, we have some other events that we’re participating in through November and December. For us, it’s a little bit of a workout and finding training issues and being able to see what we look like out on the field against good competition. Quite frankly, we expect our team to finish at the top of the bracket, but we’ll see if that happens.” Ryan Retting, Head Coach of the HMMS Eagle FC Boys U15
“We played one game this morning and thought we played a good brand of football. We lost a game, but I’m not overly concerned about that. We tried to get in a day of play, tough conditions obviously with a bit of wind, but that’s the same for both teams. We worked hard, so that’s a good start. At this age, we’re just trying to work on the concentration levels. We have good technical abilities. We try to play a good game. It’s just the concentration level. When you get into the higher ages of soccer, you have to concentrate more defensively when you have the ball. That would be the only piece of criticism, to concentrate more on certain areas of the game and to keep playing football and trying to play the right way.” Kevin Grogin, Coach of Clarkstown SC 2004 Boys White
“We only had the one game and tied zero, zero. It was tough in the wind, really tough, but we played well considering. We’re expecting to win the next game. We need to win, if we want to win the bracket. But, we feel very good for the rest of the weekend and expect to pick up play.” Paul Malcom, Coach of the Pennsylvania Rush 2005
Day one has established bracket leaders for the weekend, with teams now preparing for their final matchups tomorrow and the crowning of bracket champions. View EDP Fall Classic standings.
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.