skip navigation

UEFA Licensed Player Development Specialist Dean Slaughter Joins EDP To Focus on Zone 1 (7U-12U) Programming

By Christopher Korte, 02/18/19, 9:45AM EST


East Brunswick, NJ (February 18, 2019) -- EDP, one of the nation’s leading soccer league and tournament management companies, has brought onto its staff a well- known Zone 1 (U7-U12) soccer programming specialist.  

Dean Slaughter will join EDP effective immediately and will focus on Zone 1 development activities as well as other EDP league activities, working alongside EDP Technical Director Simon Collins.

“EDP has long held the belief that the player and their journey sits at the core of everything we do,” said EDP Chief Executive Officer Alan Shilling.  “Creating meaningful experiences that have a positive and lasting impact on young players' lives is our goal and Dean Slaughter will help make this a reality.”

In talking about his new post at EDP, Slaughter noted he is passionate about early childhood development and said “this position with EDP is an incredible opportunity to work within a single platform that has the very best young players in the market.  I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with clubs to enhance this platform even further.”

Slaughter has coached soccer for the past 18 years in England and the United States. In England, he worked with professional clubs QPR and Wycombe Wanderers. He came to the United States with UK Elite soccer in 2006, moving to the STA Soccer Club in 2009 then on to Centercourt in 2016 as the soccer director for Morristown and Chatham locations.  He also was a director of small-sided teams at Centercourt FC and STA, helping build quality programs down to the grassroots.

In 2017, as a coach, Slaughter won a regional 5v5 tournament with his team before traveling to England to represent USA in the Gatorade 5v5 World Championships.  His team made the quarterfinals where it lost to Mexico.

Slaughter holds UEFA /USSF & NSCAA licenses as well as a National Diploma in Sports Science.

About EDP

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