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EDP Soccer Renews Strategic Partnership with United Soccer Coaches as “Official Supporter of College Coaches”

By Evan Unger, 01/11/21, 12:30PM EST


EDP Soccer has renewed its strategic partnership with United Soccer Coaches as “Official Supporter of College Coaches.” EDP Soccer focuses on Pathway to College™ programming, including offering top tier tournaments and leagues as well as managing four US Youth Soccer National League Conferences, that create important scouting opportunities for college coaches of all divisions.

As the “Official Supporter of College Coaches,” EDP Soccer will be the presenting partner for the digital college coaches planning calendar available on the United Soccer Coaches website, the United Soccer Coaches monthly college coaches’ newsletter offering useful news, content and links, and podcasts relevant to college coaches.

Since 1999, EDP Soccer has been committed to enabling youth soccer players to reach their full potential on and off the field, with an emphasis on going to college, by providing a full range of the highest quality soccer-related experiences and empowering each player to select a pathway best suited to their goals. EDP Soccer works closely with member clubs to develop a positive, fair, and competitive environment based on cooperation and communication.

“EDP Soccer’s programming is based on the concept of soccer being a Pathway to College™. We know most youth soccer players will go to college and the best players will have an opportunity to play in college,” explained Steve Shilling, Founder and CEO of EDP Soccer. He continued: “Therefore, EDP Soccer wants to show its commitment to college soccer and provide support for college coaches as they engage in professional development and connect to youth players. A strategic partnership with United Soccer Coaches is a great way to accomplish these objectives.”

“EDP Soccer has made an important commitment to supporting college coaches and the college game,” said Lynn Berling-Manuel, CEO of United Soccer Coaches. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with this youth soccer leader.”

About EDP
Founded in 1999, the Elite Development Program (EDP Soccer) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP Soccer 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 Soccer 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 5,000 teams participate in EDP Soccer managed leagues and compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, please visit
About United Soccer Coaches
Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., United Soccer Coaches is the trusted and unifying voice, advocate, and partner for coaches at all levels of the game. The largest community for soccer coaches in the world, we unite coach of all levels around the love of the game and we elevate the game through advocacy, education, and service. To learn more please visit