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EDP League Fall 2020 Season Review

By Evan Unger, 11/17/20, 11:15AM EST


As league play comes to an end this Fall, EDP Soccer is concluding another successful season. With over 1,750 teams participating in EDP Premier and EDP Championship brackets at the 11U-14U level, the volume of teams allowed for a complete season amidst government health guidelines. In addition to the 11U-14U groups participating, EDP Soccer also had divisions for 15U-19U teams that were in need of Fall soccer due to the change in High School soccer seasons in some areas. 

“Having our 24 teams play in a Connecticut-based EDP Fall soccer league, while incurring minimal impact during a pandemic, is quite astonishing. The professionalism of our allies; belief, faith and dedication of our club members and the leadership of the EDP really accentuates the positives of keeping kids in sports through the toughest of times. A true vision of togetherness,” said Danny Simpson, Co-Director of Chelsea Piers Shoreline SC.

The EDP Premier and EDP Championships divisions included teams from Connecticut down to Virginia, with teams placed by geography and competitive level. With multiple levels of play in each geography, the competition was stronger than ever with teams looking to claim their placement for the Spring season. With promotion and relegation in all divisions, the league will only get more competitive come the Spring. 

“The great thing about EDP is that it allows for the proper development and growth of players and teams by providing them a competitive environment regardless of the divisional placement.  The league does an excellent job across the board and we are certain that this upcoming Spring 2021 season will provide great competition.  Our club is certainly benefitting from the multiple levels of play,” stated Eddie Hegewisch, A3 Soccer President & Executive Director.

A prime example of the league accomplishing its mission of a good game every week with limited travel is the 2010 boys EDP Central Atlantic Premier I Red division. Every game has been a battle, with 7 of the 9 teams within 4 points of first place, and the 8th place team having a goal differential of only -2. 

Currently, this is the standings with only a couple games remaining: 

  • Lehigh Valley United: 14 Points
  • PDA: 13 Points
  • Valencia SA: 12 Points
  • STA-MUSC 12 Points
  • Cedar Stars Academy Staten Island: 10 Points
  • Holmdel FC NJX: 10 Points
  • Torpedoes SC: 10 Points
  • Cedar Stars Academy Bergen: 6 Points
  • New York Red Bulls Pre-Academy: 4 Points

“Each of our games have been like a Cup Final this season and the quality of the competition and play has been incredibly high.This is exactly what this team needed, playing 9v9 for the first time and having an extended break due to COVID,” says James Boothby, Torpedoes SC 2010 Red Head Coach.

With over 6,000 games played throughout the region, club directors, coaches, managers, players and parents have all done a fantastic job adhering to league safety protocols.

In addition to the EDP Premier and EDP Championship divisions, EDP Soccer also hosted successful leagues with EDP Futures League, EDP Futures SoccerPlex, EDP Futures Mayland 5v5, EDP Florida Competitive Leagues, EDP U23 Fall League, and the USYS National League Conferences in the East Region.

“We would like to thank all of our clubs for the extra effort they put in to make this a safe and successful season. The willingness of our member clubs to work together and overcome obstacles was appreciated by everyone at EDP Soccer. We look forward to finishing the remainder of the Fall season, and look forward to another successful season this Spring,” concluded Jen Marcella, EDP Soccer Executive Director of Leagues.