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Winter Classic 2019 Set To Be Exciting End-of-the-Year Event: Tournament Preview

By Chris Massari, 12/05/19, 3:15PM EST


The EDP Winter Classic, an integral part of the EDP Classic Series, is a great end-of-year competition experience before heading indoors for the winter and the perfect tournament to carry players into the following spring season.


This event is held for boys and girls 9U-19U from December 7th to the 8th, 2019.


Like all of EDP’s Classic Series, the EDP Winter Classic is  open to all teams wanting to compete. Consequently, the Winter Classic is regularly among the top 50 tournaments nationally in size, which creates a diversity of matchup opportunities and competitive bracketing. This means players have the chance to continue their skill development and play against other great competitors


Garrett Keys, coach at Lehigh Valley United, stated:


“This is  another opportunity for our girls to get event experience in the winter months, outside of indoor soccer. Overall, we’re expecting this to be another good weekend of competition. The competition has been great at all of the tournaments we’ve been at. This is just another chance to have our players  put in a challenging spot, where they can develop and learn from these games, which is crucial and most important. That’s what I’m expecting to find at the Winter Classic.”


Andrew Santos, coach at FC Copa, had this to say about the importance of keeping active during the winter season:


“I stress it a lot to the players I work with because they ultimately have desires to take this sport and continue with it to whatever their dreams and goals are. To achieve those dreams and goals, you have to work on your craft day in and day out. The competition in this sport has only gotten better throughout the years. Every missed moment to improve is a step another player is taking instead of you. So for me, it is very important for players who want to continue to grow in the game of football and reach their individual goals and dreams, to work at their game day in and day out.”


Check out some of the interesting matchups to watch at EDP Winter Classic 2019:


At Boys 19U 01/02 in the Frostbite Falls Bracket, GPS NJ Central 02B (NJ) play the RSA Red Bulls 2001 (NJ). While at Girls 19U 01/02, Liverpool FC IA NJ Shore 2002 (NJ) challenge GPS NJ Central 01/02 (NJ) in the Ice Cap Bracket.


Then, out of region teams Hailstone Virginia One 2004 (VA) and World Class FC ‘04 White (NYE), have the opportunity to compete against one another in the Girls 16U 2004 Hailstone Bracket. In the Boys 16U 2004 Blizzard Bracket, Princeton FC Levski (NJ) match up against Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 04 Red (PAE).


The EDP Winter Classic will also feature Junior FC Barcelona (NJ) against CT Rush Elite 06 (CT) in the Boys 14U 2006 Glacier Bracket. And in the Girls 14U 2006 Igloo Bracket, Calvert SA CSA Freedom 06 (MD) plays Hamilton Elite FC Academy 06 (NJ).


See all of the matches scheduled at the EDP Winter Classic 2019.

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