For Immediate Release:
East Brunswick, NJ (May 4, 2018) –Three elite clubs from the US Youth Soccer East Region – STA Morris/United of New Jersey, SUSA FC of New York, and FC Virginia of Virginia -- today announced they have committed to play in the new United States Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences in 2018-19.
EDP, one of the country’s largest leagues with over 3,500 teams located on the east coast of the United States, announced last month that it had entered into a long-term agreement with US Youth Soccer to manage four National League conferences in the East Region starting in 2018-19 – the US Youth Soccer National League New England EDP Conference; the US Youth Soccer National League North Atlantic EDP Conference; the US Youth Soccer National League Mid Atlantic EDP Conference; and the US Youth Soccer National League South Atlantic EDP Conference.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, these US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences will provide local/regional regular season league play, cup competition and regional/national showcase events, with top teams advancing directly into the US Youth Soccer National League and the Regional Championships in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series (NCS). Club v. club and team v. team models will both be offered in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences.
STA/Morris United, SUSA FC, and FC Virginia are amongst the latest clubs to commit to the program. To see other committed clubs, visit edpsoccer.com/usyouthsoccer.
“We are looking forward to being a part of the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences,” said Bobby Puppione, Girls DA Technical Director at FC Virginia. “This league will provide meaningful competition, showcase opportunities, and a quality platform for development for our teams at FC Virginia.”
“We are delighted to have STA/Morris United, SUSA FC, and FC Virginia commit to the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences,” said EDP CEO Alan Shilling. “These are successful and well-respected organizations that will fit nicely with our existing members.”
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP 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 also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.
About United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer – "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 Member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer National League
The US Youth Soccer National Leagues Program is for the nation’s top teams in the 13U through 19U boys and girls age groups, offering additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches. In the 2018-19 soccer season, the program will include the national tier called the National League, which will feature a total of 352 teams, as well as the multi-state tier, which will be comprised of a network of several high-level competitive conferences throughout the country.