Orlando, Florida (April 13, 2020) --- EDP Soccer, an affiliate member of US Youth Soccer and one of the nation’s leading operators of leagues and tournaments, today announced the launch of EDP Florida Competitive Leagues, a developmental pathway of local, metro/city, sub-regional and regional leagues throughout Florida, starting in the Fall 2020 for the 2020/2021 soccer year.
The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues, sanctioned by the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), will provide appropriate playing formats for all competitive levels of play with the opportunity for highly competitive teams to earn their way into the US Youth Soccer Conference and the US Youth Soccer National League.
“The US Youth Soccer Leagues Program, which Conference play, represents US Youth Soccer’s top levels of competition for youth players and their teams. It is essential that opportunities be provided to teams in Florida to participate in this program,” explained Simon Collins, Technical Director EDP Soccer. “The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues provides this access. It will be inclusive. It will allow all Florida teams based on their performance on the field to earn their way into the top flights of the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues and then into US Youth Soccer regional and national programming.”
Interested teams may apply by age, gender, location, and competitive level for the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues until July 1st on edpsoccer/florida.com. The fee structure for the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues is explained on the website. Notifications of acceptance will be available by July 15th.
It is anticipated that each season of play will include 7 to 8 games. The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues’ scheduling will be compatible with and supportive of teams also participating in the FYSA Cup competitions. In fact, all EDP Florida Competitive League teams wanting to be considered for advancement into the US Youth Soccer Conference are required per US Youth Soccer Leagues Program guidelines to participate in the FYSA State Cup.
The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues will offer different levels of plays that take into consideration competitiveness and travel distances. Entry play at the local community level (8U, 9U) leads to sub-regional play (10U, 11U, 12U), which in turn can lead to increased competitive challenges (13U to 19U) in the Florida State Premier League and potentially the US Youth Soccer Conference.
As Simon Collins further explained: “US Youth Soccer, FYSA and EDP Soccer always put the best interests of youth players first in providing developmental and competitive opportunities. US Youth Soccer has the most comprehensive pathway for youth teams that want to test themselves first locally, then against opponents from other areas in their states, and, ultimately, on regional and even national levels. So, it is important that we work with FYSA member clubs to bring the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues into Florida as a way of supporting the developmental progression the State Association and US Youth Soccer endorse. This pathway to participation is provided by the EDP Florida Competitive Leagues because it represents a system of leagues rather than only an individual league.”
About EDP Soccer
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program (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. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments through its Pathway to College™ programming is to enable youth soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 4,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information about EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.