This Spring, EDP Soccer continued its collaboration with Denison Cabral, hosting the Maryland Futures 5v5 League for 8U-10U teams in Severn, Maryland. The EDP Futures 5v5 format helps the league to operate similar to Futsal, allowing Cabral and EDP Soccer to draw on their experiences to provide an additional opportunity for the players. Cabral played for the United States National Futsal team scoring at the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil.
Cabral, who loves training teams in a small sided setting, had this to say: “It's been absolutely fun to watch the EDP Futures players on Saturdays having fun, competing and enjoying themselves without any of the pressure of rankings, goal differential, points and stats. It is all about getting a lot of touches on the ball, coaches learning more about their players, and the kids feeling comfortable on a small field doing the moves, taking chances and enjoying themselves with the 5v5 set up. The Maryland Futures 5v5 League is a great developmental tool for young players that I'm so very grateful to support and be a part of. I also love the approach of young referees taking this opportunity to get the experience, practice and develop more confidence as they are our new generation of referees in our soccer communities.”
Each weekend games are played in a controlled environment at Severn Christian Church. Teams from A3, Benfica Academy, Brookland FC, DC Way Academy, Dematha SA, Maryland International, Maryland United, Pachuca FC, Severna Park and Washington Capital United each have teams participating in the league, allowing the clubs in the area to work together to create the best atmosphere possible.
Judah Cooks, Technical Director with Washington Capital United FC, has been waiting for a unique program for his younger teams that focused on player development. “WCU has been very happy with the EDP Futures season. The 5 v 5 league has allowed for us to compete against some very competitive and like-minded clubs. From staff to the players and parents, we are very happy and having a great time being a part of the EDP Futures. We look forward to participating in the future.”