The EDP Futsal State Cup Maryland wrapped up a solid weekend of futsal action for Boys and Girls, 14U-19U with over 340 games played over two weekends -- January 11th and 12th, 2020.
The top team in each age division qualified for the US Futsal Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region Championship in Atlantic City, NJ February 14-17, 2020. The winners of the region, then qualify for the US Futsal National Championship in San Francisco, CA.
In 19U Girls, the Calvert CSA Wolves 01 beat Sporting Maryland FC 01 3-1, winning their age group and progressing on their way to the National Championship in California.
After 2 previous years yielded unsuccessful attempts, Frederick United 05 Boys finally captured the state championship title with a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Kings in the 15U bracket.
The 16U Girls had a big winner in Sporting Maryland FC 2005G Black, who won against United Black 5-0 on their journey to regionals and then national honors.
The 2006 Girls final was a battle from start to finish with Bethesda SC Lightning 06 Girls winning an absolute thriller 4-3 in overtime over Sporting Maryland Futsal 06 Red.
DCFA Vitoria captured their spot for the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region Championship in Atlantic City in the 14U Girls' age group, beating The St. James Futsal Academy 09G Maryland 3-1. Then, for 14U Boys, Potomac Blue 06 came up big again Baltimore Celtic SC 06 ECNL, winning 4-2 to capture their age group.
In the 13U Boys age group, Pipeline SC Pre-Academy won big in a 7-1 victory over Player Progression Academy Green and in the 13U Girls group, The St. James Futsal Academy 07G Maryland also solidified a big score line, beating Maryland Rush Montgomery Blue ‘07G Coyotes 6-0.
9U Girls found its group winner in FC USA 2011, who defeated Players Progression Academy Green in a 2-0 victory. While in the 9U Boys age group, Baltimore Union SC Elite 2011 defeated Player Progression Academy Green in a 3-1 game.
EDP spoke with several coaches participating in the EDP Futsal State Cup MD, who had this to say:
“We’re pretty excited about the participation here at the State Cup and watching such talented kids from ages as young as 8 or 9, all the way up to 19. It’s just awesome when you look around. It’s such an exciting weekend for everyone and so much fun watching these kids playing and competing at the higher levels of futsal here in Maryland. We’re very happy to be here and have the chance to participate and support the development of these young players.” - Denison Cabral, Founder, and President of DCFA Futsal Academy
“This was a great, well-run and well-managed tournament with some amazing futsal. The teams were fantastic. This state cup is the pinnacle of futsal in Maryland and we were very happy to have been able to come in, play and compete against so many top teams. We came up on top this time, winning our group and I’m so proud of my girls for their performance this weekend.” - RC Eleef, Coach of the CSA Wolves 01
“We’re really happy to be here. This has been a great learning experience for our boys, especially coming in as an outdoor team and learning futsal. We lost in the finals today, but I’m extremely proud of my team. Right now, we’re looking forward to the EDP Spring season and getting into futsal regionals. I just love the commitment to futsal, from EDP and Jim Oman, because it’s such a great developmental tool for these young players.” - Pat Crawford, Coach of the Baltimore Celtics 06
“This tournament is very good, there are so many top players from the area. I mean, the level of play is really, really high. It’s by far the best futsal tournament in the area and watching these kids play, you can see why. My team is enjoying this event and they're rising to the level of the teams they see around them. They’re stepping up to the competition and it’s awesome. I’m really happy with them.” - Kevin Itiko, Director of Go Premier Soccer
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.