This past weekend, EDP Soccer held the first event of its Fall 2020 tournament season with the EDP Fall Kickoff NJ. The first weekend of the event featured the girls brackets, and next weekend will feature the boys. The event was held at one of the premier tournament venues in the Northeast — Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, NJ. Following health and safety protocols, each team played four games over two days as coaches and players were extremely excited to start their 2020-2021 seasonal year.
“It’s always a great experience attending EDP’s tournaments, but even more so during this current climate. They’ve done a great job continuing to provide a quality tournament experience in a safe environment. We’ll be back soon!”
— Andy Pearce, Scotch Plains Fanwood SC Director of Coaching
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. This also allowed for the completion of all games despite two weather delays due to lightning storms in the area.
EDP Soccer also used its new field layout for the weekend, which created extra space between fields, ensuring teams and spectators had the ability to distance themselves. To limit commingling of participants, the home teams and their supporters were positioned on one side of the field and away teams and their supporters on the other side. 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.
Don Rawson, EDP Executive Director of Tournaments, stated “EDP staff was especially grateful and appreciated the players, coaches and supporters who wore their face coverings and paid extra attention to social distancing throughout the weekend.”
“The most important aspect of the return to play for our club is player and family safety. EDP's protocols and guidelines allow for a safe and socially-distanced environment while still enjoying the thrilling excitement of tournament soccer. When we first started our club back in 2018, we ventured into a few “outside” tournaments, but nothing compares to the tournament structure, organization, quality and overall operation of an EDP tournament. We look forward to the remaining tournaments this year that our club will be a part of.”
— Barry Lynch, Liverpool FCIA NJ Academy Director
A Look At The Weekend’s Results
Howell United SC Flames put on a strong defensive performance all weekend, keeping a clean sheet in all 4 matches. The squad defeated Yardley Makefield Soccer 2010G Blue to win the Red Bracket, and finish the weekend with 10 goals for and 0 against.
Deptford Premier FC 09 Girls bounced back from the only defeat of the event Sunday afternoon to PSA SDFC Elite ‘09, and took on UST NJ Blaze 09 in the final, coming away with the 2-1 victory.
In a very tightly contested bracket, Wall Elite Chelsea defeated New York Red Bulls Pre-Academy 2008 3-1 in the final of the Red Bracket. In group play, the sides drew 2-2, with Wall Elite Chelsea defeating PSA Wildcats Elite 08 Orange 2-1 and drawing STA-MUSC 2008G NL EDP 0-0.
PSA SDFC Elite 2007G and PSA National ‘07 both went through group play unbeaten, but it was PSA SDFC Elite 2007G which was able to come out with the victory in a very evenly played final of the Red Bracket, winning by a score of 1-0.
FC Copa Academy G06 Black picked up where it left off last Fall when it won the 14U Girls USYS National League Mid Atlantic Conference, starting the season with a strong performance and winning the Red Bracket defeating PSA National 1-0 in the final.
Franklin Elite 04 Phenom finished the weekend unbeaten in all four matches, and capped it off in the final where they defeated Washington United 03 Elite on penalty kicks after finishing regulation tied 0-0 .
Washington United Fever 03’s attack was clicking on all cylinders all weekend, scoring multiple goals in each of its 4 games and defeating Bayonne Lightning 03 by a score of 3-0 in the final.
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.