The NJYS Futsal State Cup Managed by EDP concluded after 2 weekends of play for 9U to 19U Boys and Girls teams played throughout January 2020, age and gender brackets played on the following dates:
January 18th: 9U - 11U Girls and 9U - 11U Boys
January 19th: 14U - 15U Girls and 14U Boys
January 20th: 16U - 19U Girls and 16U Boys - 19U Boys
January 25th: 12U - 13U Boys
January 26th: 12U - 13U Girls and 15U Boys
Winners of their respective age group and brackets advance to the Northeast Regional Futsal Championship 2020 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Roberto Aguas, the Executive Director of Coaching at FC Copa Academy, explains the importance of Futsal competitions like the NJYS Futsal State Cup Managed by EDP, to his club and players.
He states, “We’ve been part of EDP Futsal for about 8 to 10 years. We’ve always been a big Futsal club. So, when we started Futsal years back, there were very few Futsal clubs in New Jersey and for us, we treat it very differently than other clubs. Our goal, to continue to participate with EDP leagues and in the State competition, is to play with the best teams. We’ve been very honored to have won several state cups and regional titles. For us, this is a huge part of the development of our players, but it’s also a great outlet for those players that are incredibly creative that wants to be able to express themselves at the speed of Futsal.”
Aguas continued to explain, “Our goals are always the same every year. To bring out players technical skills to higher levels and new heights. We also obviously want to perform well at these competitions, so everything from EDP Leagues to the State Cup, we always want to try and be at the top of the table and we want to win multiple titles. The spring I think can be reflective of our time in Futsal and what we see coming out of winter into spring, we tend to do well because of all the work that we’ve done technically from events like this.”
Damari East, coach at Quick Touch Futbol expressed his sentiments about the NJYS Futsal State Cup Managed by EDP. He explained “This was a great opportunity for us to work on our teamwork and for our players to grow individually, and try to get better each game. To work on those weaknesses and for them to continue to get better as teammates and still keep their love for the game. This weekend was a great chance to develop a lot of things. Quick Touch is very grateful to EDP for this wonderful event.”
Check out some bracket highlights from the 2020 NJYS Futsal State Cup Managed by EDP: In the 19U Boys bracket, Elite SC won their group with a 5-2 scoreline to win in the finals. NJ Fire 06 Black had a big day, winning the 14U Girls bracket dominantly over FC Copa Academy G06 Black in a 6-1 game.
For Boys 13U, it was an all Ironbound affair in both age brackets as Ironbound SC 07 Red-Raiders took home championship honors in the Red bracket and Ironbound SC 07 Blue-Raiders won the White bracket. Girls 13U saw YESA Heat beat PDA South RL ECNL Liverpool 07 11-1 in the final to claim their bracket and age group.
SJEB Rush FA 2009 won the 11U Girls group after winning a close 6-4 final game. La Masia USA FCB finished at the top of the 9U Boys table with 12 points, followed by Union SC Selecao Blue 11 in second and Ironbound SC Dragons Red in third.
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.