The 2020 EDP Futsal Cup Calvert concluded after two days of some of the region’s best futsal for 9U to 19U Boys and Girls teams. Played in Prince Frederick, MD, age and gender brackets were broken up as follows:
February 8, 2020 BOYS 9U-19U
February 9, 2020 GIRLS 9U-19U
“We played in some other tournaments with EDP last year and now we’re playing futsal. Being here allows us to play high-level competition that we just don’t have in our neck of the woods. That’s why we're here. We love competing. The clubs here come to compete and our kids need to get used to that level of play, this level of competition,” stated Pablo Ortiz, Coach at Sol Futbol.
While Rafik Kechrid, President and Coach at Next Level Soccer explained the value his players experience from futsal and the 2020 EDP Futsal Cup Calvert. He said, “By coming here and playing these futsal tournaments, I believe we get used to small spaces. We also get used to movement off the ball, all while still sticking to our principles, values, and philosophies on the small court. It’s a different environment. It’s not a grass field. It’s putting our players in an environment where they always have to find solutions to these new problems that present themselves.”
Check out some bracket highlights from the 2020 EDP Futsal Cup Calvert:
The FC Millennium Tigres 13 finished at the top of the 18U Boys table, followed by CCSC Aztecs who captured 2nd and third went to Elite Talent Academy Helsingor.
In the 16U Girls bracket, Baltimore Kings won their group by shutting out FC Virginia FCV Academy Elite 04G 6-0 in the group finals.
Maryland Rush SOMD Rush 06G narrowly edged out a 2-1 victory over Calvert CSA Freedom 06G to win the 14U Girls’ age group. Then, in the 14U Boys final, Baltimore Celtic SC Baltimore Celtic 06ECNL beat FC Millennium Milan, 6-0 to close out their age group.
The 13U Girls bracket concluded with a tightly contested final game, as Calvert Soccer CSA Alliance coached by Clay Brault, beat A3 Rangers 1-0. FCM Juventus lead the 13U table, finishing in first with 15 points to capture their bracket. While Prince William Soccer Inc PWSI 07 Boys followed in second with 12 points and Soccer The Brazilian Way 07B finished in third with 7 points.
9U Girls had a big winner in NA Arlington Squad, who won against Player Progression Academy Green 3-0 to win their age bracket. And in 9U Boys, the winner was decided in a thrilling 17 round Penalty Kicks as Sporting Maryland Sporting MD South 2011 beat out FC Millennium FCM 2011.
Hear more from the 2020 EDP Futsal Cup Calvert and the individuals EDP had a chance to speak with:
“We train year-round. We have our own futsal facility. The idea is really to develop technical players for us. We just want to develop all-around players. At the moment, we’re not at a competitive level to worry about wins and losses. We just want to make sure our players are developing 24/7. That’s our focus.”
“We have enjoyed this EDP Futsal tournament so much! Our boys are learning the principles of playing in small spaces and learning to cultivate a fighting spirit. They always want to win. They never get too happy when they get 2nd place. Unfortunately, this weekend we did get second place though, but we’re going to keep working hard. We know where our focus needs to be, as we prepare for the start of a new season in one month. I know we’ll be ready then and will hit the ground running.” Rafik Kechrid, President and Coach at Next Level Soccer
“Futsal is so important for the development of these girls and boys in their technical skills, their vision, and the speed of play on the field. I think it just has great crossover benefits to the outdoor season, to get them in the winter touching the ball a lot more than if they were outdoor. It’s very beneficial.” Gus Donolo, Director of Futsal for The St. James Futsal Club Virginia
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.