EDP Soccer continued its Return To Play for the third consecutive weekend of tournament competition with the EDP Summer Classic. Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, NJ was host to 9U-19U boys and girls teams, as many clubs continue to come back to competitive play. Following strict health and safety protocols, coaches and players were excited to be back on the field.
Innovative scheduling that included back to back game times also provided for important social distancing protocols and the ability for tournament operations staff to properly sanitize as needed between groups leaving and entering the facility. EDP Soccer also used a new field layout for the weekend, which created extra space between fields ensuring teams and spectators had the ability to distance themselves. Home teams and their supporters were positioned on one side of the field and away teams and their supporters on the other side to limit commingling of participants. In addition, home teams stayed on the same field for both of their games. This technique reduced the need for team movement across the facility.
“Our club has always looked to EDP for quality matches and competition, the Summer Classic was no different. As our teams have returned to play, EDP was our first choice coming out of the COVID-19 shutdown. Their safety protocols at the fields were well thought out and executed, they exceeded our expectations. They have put procedures in place from temp monitoring and seating arrangements to field layouts and group scheduling. Great job by EDP looking out for the safety of our teams, parents and coaches.”
— Sandeep Mehtani, SJEB Rush Director
“The event ran very smoothly. The social distancing was maintained and a safe environment was created for the players, coaches and spectators. Being able to provide this event safely for the players has been huge and much appreciated.”
— Jordi Meijer, NJ Premier FC Director
In one of the most exciting games of the weekend, the 9U Boys final saw Liverpool FC IA NJ Central 2011B and Lower Merion SC Irmaos Navy traded goals as the game ended 6-6 in regulation, with Liverpool winning on penalty kicks.
In the 11UB Final Deptford Premier FC 09B jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but NESA 2009 Elite fought back with 3 goals in the second half, including goals on back to back free kicks in the last few minutes to come away with a 3-2 win.
Next Level Soccer Academy 08B Monjas and Cohansey Premier Cobras battled in the final of the 9v9 bracket, as regulation finished 1-1, and NLSA coming away with the championship after penalty kicks. In the 11v11 bracket, NJ Premier FC 2008B had a rematch with Lower Merion SC Thunder, and after tying 1-1 in the group stage, NJ Premier FC was victorious in the final.
The Red Bracket saw Washington United Fury 04 Elite finish the weekend unbeaten, and in the White Bracket Elizabeth YSC Spartans rebounded from an earlier 1-0 loss to Liverpool FC NJ 2004B Shore with a 2-1 win in the final.
Jersey Shore Boca Futbol Rangers finished off an impressive 2019-2020 season with the win in Sunday's Final. After tying Philly PSC Storm and advancing to the final on goal differential, Toms River defeated FC Berna Legacy 2011 Girls in the championship game.
IMPORTANT NOTE - GotSoccer has suspended releasing new rankings until more results start coming in from other tournament and league events. Once their rankings "unfreeze,' the results from EDP Soccer competitions will appear in your team account.