8U-19U Boys & Girls | July 11-12
Tuckahoe Turf Farms: Hammonton, NJ
EDP Soccer returned to play with its first event of the summer this past weekend at Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, NJ. Following strict health and safety protocols, teams gathered for their first taste of competitive soccer since March. The EDP Soccer staff was incredibly proud to lead the way in helping participating clubs return to play.
EDP used several new innovative approaches to maximize safety and create an even safer playing environment, such as an optimized tournament format, which included condensed game schedules and staggered scheduling. These techniques efficiently grouped teams and games to increase social distancing, reduce the number of people onsite at one time, and limit or eliminate cross traffic of participants moving around the facility. In addition, these new methods provided extra time to transition teams out of the facility before the next group arrived, and intervals for staff to clean and sanitize between groups.
EDP also used new field layouts, creating extra space between each field, which offered teams and spectators the ability to distance themselves. Temperature checkpoints for players, coaches, and referees; hand washing and sanitization station; enhanced field markings, and additional signage reminded participants to social distance and follow EDP’s safety guidelines and protocols.
"Very impressed and extremely satisfied with the organization on all levels particularly the safety procedures that were put in place at this weekends EDP Tournament. Well run along with frequent communication leading up to the venue and throughout the weekend. Staff was helpful, courteous, and professional. It was great to finally get back on the field having the kids play."
— Phil Iuliano, US Parma Director
“After several long months of being cooped up, EDP pulled it off. Weather and facility were great and the girls were super excited to be back on the pitch. Mostly, I was impressed with the precautions EDP took to make this happen; from taking temperatures, enforcing masks, marking the sidelines and providing sanitizer stations.”
— Carmen Iannitell, NJ Fire Director
During the first weekend back, these teams had some of the top performances:
2011B - UNION STARS I 2011
2009B - SAC / BALTIMORE ARMOUR PRE-ACADEMY
2008B - DANUBIA SC GUNNERS
2006B - MEDFORD STRIKERS VICTORY 2006
2005B - PRESTIGE SOCCER TRAINING PRESTIGIOUS 05 BOYS
2002B - MEDFORD STRIKERS SC ACADEMY B2002
2008G - PRESTIGE SOCCER TRAINING PST 08
2007G - NJ FIRE FC NJ FIRE BLUE
2005G - WARRINGTON FC UNITED
2003G - DEPTFORD PREMIER FC '03G
2002G - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GREY NL
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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.