East Brunswick, NJ / Germantown, MD, October 30, 2018 -- EDP, one of the nation’s leading managers of soccer leagues and tournaments, and the Maryland SoccerPlex, one of the nation’s top soccer complexes, announced today they are partnering to manage and implement the popular EDP Futures program at the SoccerPlex starting this coming spring. The program will be for U7-U10 boys and girls teams.
EDP Futures is the entry stage of the well-known EDP Soccer program, establishing a focus on the development and fundamentals of a soccer player in an unpressured environment. The program’s aim is to instill a sense of enjoyment for playing U7 through U10 soccer with a commitment to grassroots. By using small-sided games in these age groups, players are encouraged to take more touches of the ball, which is a key stepping stone on their developmental pathway. Players will gradually become more comfortable with a soccer ball at their feet as well as becoming more technically skilled players.
EDP Futures at the Maryland SoccerPlex will offer small-sided play for U7 through U10 boys and girls teams, and these teams can apply for the EDP Futures league program by visiting the registration page.
"There is significant interest from clubs across the DMV area for a U10 and younger platform, which provides the appropriate competitive experience while also establishing a positive game-day environment,” said EDP Executive Director Jen Marcella. “EDP Futures does just that and we are extremely happy to have the Maryland SoccerPlex as our local host for this program”.
According to Gary Burke, Maryland SoccerPlex Program Manager, "We are very excited to partner with EDP as a host venue for their EDP Futures program. We feel like there are a lot of synergies between our two organizations and we know this partnership will provide an excellent opportunity for young athletes in this market."
Learn more about this and all EDP Futures programs at www.edpsoccer.com/futures.
Questions: Any inquiries can be addressed by contacting Jen Marcella, Executive Director of Leagues, EDP Soccer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Maryland SoccerPlex
The Maryland SoccerPlex, which opened in 2000 features a combination of 24 professionally maintained, regulation-sized soccer fields, an award-winning stadium field, Maureen Hendricks Field, and overall some of the highest quality facilities in the country. The SoccerPlex hosts youth leagues, adult leagues, youth tournaments, NCAA Division I college matches and conference championships (ACC), U.S. Open Cup matches (D.C. United), professional women's matches (Washington Spirit) and a variety of international teams and competitions. For more information on Maryland SoccerPlex, visit http://www.mdsoccerplex.org