FC Copa and TSF Announce Commitment to US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences for 2018-19
For Immediate Release:
East Brunswick, NJ (June 14, 2018) – Two of the top clubs in the Mid-Atlantic Region – FC Copa Academy of New Jersey and TSF Academy -- today confirmed they have committed to play in the new US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences in 2018-19.
Both clubs have made full commitments to EDP and its programs. Top boys and girls teams from each club will play in the club-based model of the US Youth Soccer National League EDP North Atlantic Conference this coming season. All remaining teams from each club will continue to play in the EDP team-based divisions.
TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza commented, “The key focus should always be what’s best for the development of each individual player and building towards investing all our resources into the future of the game. We have worked with EDP for many years on cultivating this environment, not just for us as a club, but on what we feel is right for the development of soccer in this country. We trust that EDP will make the right changes for the benefit of the players and will become that platform we are striving for; and the one we need in US Soccer.”
“Our relationship with EDP goes back over a decade and throughout those years we have seen the program expand with a mutual focus on areas we believe are critical for the development of our players.” said Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching, President and Founder of FC Copa Academy/New Jersey Copa FC. “EDP’s new National League conference and championship platform, as well as its cooperation with USSF Development Academies, will make this pathway even more attractive to college coaches, which is a major focus for us as an organization.”
EDP CEO Alan Shilling said, “EDP is pleased that prestigious clubs like FC Copa Academy and TSF Academy have reaffirmed their continued commitment to EDP and the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences. These clubs have been long time thought leaders in EDP and have been an integral part of framing and executing on our core principles of a great game every week, sensible travel, and pathways to college.”
EDP, one of the country’s largest leagues located on the east coast of the United States, announced in April 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 EDP Conferences.
EDP plans to host National League Regional Showcases in the local area so that its clubs can participate in nationally recognized events within a reasonable travel distance to help reduce travel costs. “We are in the planning stages of developing a world-class athletic complex in the Greater Philadelphia area and look forward to the opportunity to host even more of the US Youth Soccer competitions in the future,” said Shilling.
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 the 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.
Questions: Any inquiries can be addressed by contacting Jen Marcella, Executive Director of League Operations, EDP at firstname.lastname@example.org.