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EDP Soccer Will Implement Complete Development Pathway Announced by US Youth Soccer

By Jen Marcella, 04/20/20, 2:45PM EDT


April 20, 2020

To: All Clubs Participating in EDP Soccer Leagues and Tournaments


US Youth Soccer has just issued an announcement regarding competitive platforms for 2020/2021.


This news represents a real win for all clubs registering their players and teams with US Youth Soccer as well as for youth soccer in the United States! 


Finally, there is going to be a complete developmental pathway for players and their teams from the younger ages in initial levels of competitive play all the way through to the older ages and the most competitive levels of play, including those previously managed by US Soccer as the Development Academy.


US Youth Soccer has factored in the importance of sensible travel taking precedence for league play, while also providing regional and national showcase opportunities for players and teams seeking additional competition and exposure to college coaches, US Soccer scouts, and professional league representatives.


EDP Soccer is excited to be implementing this complete player development and competitive pathway with US Youth Soccer and with the State Associations in the East Region. All teams and clubs that have participated in EDP Soccer leagues, from the EDP Championship level to the EDP Premier level to the US Youth Soccer EDP Conference level (now to be known as the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences) , will have a place to play and advance based on performance on the field. And, it is expected that more teams and clubs will join as they see the benefits being provided.


Again, this is a win for all of us committed to youth soccer. Now, more than ever, we will be able to provide our youth players (and their families) with a good game every week, sensible travel, and multiple opportunities to progress into more competitive levels.


Please read the US Youth Soccer announcement. EDP Soccer is here for you and ready to help as we all look forward to getting back on the fields of play as soon as possible.


Stay safe!


We will continue to provide additional updates and details as they are available.


Best regards,


Jen Marcella

Executive Director of Leagues
EDP Soccer

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