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EDP Enhances Pathway to College™ Programming with Soccer Scout Partnership

By Warren Mersereau, 11/27/19, 11:15AM EST


EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – EDP has announced that Soccer Scout will be its exclusive college matching and recruiting partner, available to all student-athletes participating in EDP leagues, tournaments, and showcases. The services provided by Soccer Scout add another element to EDP’s Pathway to College™ programming.


“EDP’s guiding principles include a good game every week, sensible travel, safe playing environments where respect is shown for all participants and attendees, and emphasizing that youth soccer is a Pathway to College™,” explained Steve Shilling, founder and CEO of EDP. He continued: “EDP’s commitment to players and their parents is to provide to them, through Pathway to College™ programming, services such as Soccer Scout that facilitate high school student-athletes finding the best higher education opportunities for their specific circumstances.”


Alan Shilling, President of EDP, added: “We know that over 70% of youth soccer players will go to college, while only about 5% will play soccer in college.  Consequently, EDP continues to develop partnerships to serve both sets of student-athletes. This is exactly what Soccer Scout does.”


Soccer Scout’s industry leading online software platform assists student-athletes in identifying colleges and universities that are a fit and match specific to their individual profile while, also, providing college coaches with more complete player data as they recruit student-athletes for their soccer programs. Soccer Scout uses proprietary algorithms and detailed college data to match student-athletes to colleges based on hundreds of data points specific to each student-athlete. In combining the ability for each youth player to create a detailed profile and communicate with NCAA and NAIA college coaches across the country, as well as providing parents with detailed college financing information, Soccer Scout provides a long overdue one-of-a-kind solution.


“We couldn’t be more excited than to partner with EDP! Their desire to provide high-quality opportunities for players to reach their full potential on and off the field, with an emphasis on going to college, matches perfectly with our platform and its industry leading benefits. Soccer Scout can provide individualized solutions to all student-athletes, whether they are looking to play soccer in college or not”, said Jeremy Parkins, President of Soccer Scout.

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.  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

About Soccer Scout

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Soccer Scout uses industry leading proprietary algorithms and college data to accurately and uniquely match student-athletes to colleges, provide cost expectations, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, areas of improvement that can increase college acceptance and much more. Soccer Scout is student-athlete specific and offers the ability to communicate with all NCAA and NAIA college soccer coaches across the United States. For more information about Soccer Scout visit: