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EDP 1st Team Wraps Up 2019 Regional Practices—Prepare for 2020 Season

By Chris Massari, 12/23/19, 8:30PM EST


EDP 1st Team, a player-focused program puts best with best, in club neutral environment.



Thus far, the selected North, Central, and South Regional teams have participated in two practice session. Following the selection of the EDP 1st Team roster at the EDP Spring Classic 2020 tournament, practice sessions will begin in April 2020 with scrimmages in June, before they embark on their United Kingdom tour in August 2020. For further details check out



Dean Slaughter, Zone 1 Technical Director "The practices have been of a high quality and well attended from the players involved in each region. Seeing players interact with each other as a team as quickly as these players have done is a credit to them and their clubs. The level of play is very high, the games will be great to watch"



Included below are quotes from players and parents from their experiences with EDP 1st Team:

"The organization and professionalism of practice, along with the high level of energy, excitement, and talent from the EDP 1st Team athletes have been truly amazing. In only 2 practices, on-field relationships and friendships have already been formed and that’s a direct result of how EDP runs this team. We’re looking forward to a memorable experience as a member of this team.” 

Bill McCarthy, Father of Emma McCarthy, Player for Central Region Girls Team & SJEB.



"It has been great playing with such quality players and being trained by great coaches, who have taught me so much tactically about breaking down a defense. It is so cool to have the opportunity to play with great players and have a chance to travel to England too!" 

Zach, Player for North Region Boys Team & NJ Premier



“Just wanted to say this is pure class. Watching the session last night and then having the follow-up email as well. Well done by EDP. It is an awesome experience you are giving these young girls! Keep up the good work.”  Stephen Baxter, Father of Alanna Baxter, Player for South Region Girls & Coppermine SC



As the three regional teams prepare for their games next year and players for the final selection, John Ellinger, Baltimore Armour Academy Director, SAC Technical Director, and the former U17 USYNT coach shares his thoughts on EDP 1st Team as well, “As 2019 comes to an end, we can look back to the success of EDP league and cup play, the work of the EDP Leadership Council and the launch of EDP 1st team. Kudos to all the members of the EDP Staff and to our EDP clubs for their efforts to improve player development in our part of the USA.”



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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