This weekend, EDP Soccer hosted the EDP Fall Classic 2023, one of the most popular tournaments of the season. Over 360 teams participated, including teams from NJ, PA, NY, CT, DE, MA, MD, RI, VA and Canada from over 110 different clubs. Champions were crowned across 53 Divisions, with divisions for 8U-19U Boys and 9U-19U Girls. Games were played at Tuckahoe Turf Farms, Green Branch Park, Friendship Fields, and Sawmill YMCA.
The tournament had very evenly matched brackets, with only 15% of teams recording a perfect three points per game in the group stage, and over 80% of teams recording at least one point. Only eight teams managed to keep a clean sheet in all three group stage matches, with FC Copa Academy leading that category with two teams accomplishing the feat. Of the 16 clubs who played 20 or more games in the group stages, Jersey Shore Boca had the best points per game averaging 2.0 and goals against per game with 1.20, and Cedar Stars Academy North averaged the most goals per game with 3.53. Match Fit Academy FC, The Football Academy NJ, NJ Premier FC, and FC Copa Academy were the four clubs who scored 100+ goals in the group stages.
A look at some on the results from this weekend:
See results from all 53 8U-19U Boys and Girls Divisions HERE.
In a battle between two Pennsylvania sides, FC Philly defeated Lower Merion SC Mambas Navy in the final of the Morocco Bracket. In the Sweden Bracket, Lower Merion SC Mambas Red and TSF Academy 2016 Boys Blue drew 3-3 during the group stage, but in the final Lower Merion SC Mambas Red came away with a 4-1 victory.
Montgomery United SC Dash was impressive all weekend long in the Canada Bracket, winning the championship while going unbeaten with wins over The Football Academy NJ 2015 Girls Black, Philadelphia SC 15 Challenge, and NJ Crush FC 2015 Academy. In the Austria Bracket, Match Fit Academy FC 2015 Morris Blue defeated STA-MUSC 2015G Pre-GA Rising in the final.
In the Portugal Bracket, NE Elite 2015 from Pennsylvania edged out Youngstars FC Canada by three points at the top of the table, with NE Elite going 4-0-0, and Youngstars losing in their final match against Penn Fusion SA Elite 2015. In the Australia Bracket, NJ Premier B2015 Orange capped off an undefeated weekend beating Monmouth United in the final.
In the England Bracket, both The Football Academy 2014 Girls Black and Match Fit Academy FC 2014 Morris Blue entered the championship match with 3-0-0 records, and Match Fit would leave as champions winning the final 5-1. In the Norway Bracket, Marlton SC Chiefs Orange 2014 held three opponents in a row to just one goal after starting the weekend with a clean sheet, and defeated NJ Crush FC 2014 Academy in the final.
In the Belgium Bracket, New York Red Bulls Pre-Academy 2014 NY and TSF Academy 2014 Boys Futures Blue played in the first and final match of the weekend, and both games were some of the best soccer of the event. On both occasions, NY Red Bulls would win by a narrow margin, with the second win seeing them claim the championship. In the Austria Bracket, The Football Academy NJ 2014 Boys Silver beat Futboltech 2014 Juventus 5-3 in a high-scoring final. CT Rush Central 2014 Boys Blue won the Switzerland Bracket, Cedar Stars Academy North Bergen 2014 Boys Pre-Academy II won the Ukraine Bracket, and RCD Espanyol de Barcelona NJ U10 won the Korea Republic Division.
In the Spain Bracket, six out of the eight teams finished between four to seven points. Match Fit Academy FC 2013 Morris Blue defeated STA-MUSC 2013G Pre-GA on Sunday morning to win Group B, and NJ Premier G2013 edged out GAK 2013 Iron Union and The Football Academy NJ 2013 Girls Black in Group A. Match Fit Academy would go on to defeat NJ Premier in the final. In the Brazil Bracket, FC Copa G13 Red Rutgers defeated PSA North '13 Girls Orange 2-1 in the final. Match Fit Academy FC 2013 Morris White won the Portugal Bracket with a 4-1 win over Jersey Shore Boca Jr FC O'Reilly in the final.
The final of the England Bracket was a battle between two of South Jersey’s top teams. Futboltech 2013 Arsenal would meet Real Jersey FC 2013 Pre MLS, with Futboltech coming away as champions from the extremely closely-played match. Valencia 13 Black capped off an undefeated weekend in the Mexico Bracket defeating World Class FC 2013 ADL RL in the final. NJ Stallions 13 Bayern EDP won the Peru Bracket, Morris Elite SC B13 Pre-USL won the Serbia Bracket, and STA MOSC 2013 Pre E64 Boys won the Scotland Bracket.
In the Sweden Bracket, The Football Academy NJ 2012 Girls Black won the championship with wins on the weekend over STA 12G Pre-GA, Match Fit Academy FC Girls Mercer 2012 Blue, and PDA Shore Blue ‘National'. STA-MUSC 2012G Pre-GA Rising defeated NJ Premier G2012 2-0 to win the Denmark Bracket, and Jersey Shore Boca Jr FC Legacy defeated FC Copa G12 Red Rutgers to win the China Bracket.
In the Brazil Bracket, the final was a battle between two 3-0-0 teams, with Penn Fusion SA PreECNL 2012 playing The Football Academy NJ 2012 Boys Black. With little separating the two teams, The Football Academy NJ would come out as champions. PDA Hibernian Mbappe White 2012 won the Italy Bracket, defeating Toms River FC Zidane to make it four wins out of four matches. In the Senegal Bracket, Pasco SC RED BULLS bounded back from a Sunday morning setback to defeat Lower Merion Rovers Red 2012 in the final, and FC Copa B12 Metuchen defeated TSF Academy 2012 Boys EDP in the final of the Wales Bracket.
In the United States Bracket, Group A had each of the four teams finish with one win, and STA MOSC 2011G NAL made the final being the team to also have two draws winning the group with five points. In Group B, NJ Premier G2011 advanced to the final on the goal differential tie-breaker over Jersey Shore Boca Jr FC Jetties, and would then go on to win the championship match. In the Iceland Bracket, LI Slammers Girls 2011 Maroon defeated Sporting PA 2011 Girls in the final in a battle of undefeated teams. FC Copa G11 Black Rutgers won 2-0 over Rochester Rush 2011 Girls Blue in the Italy Bracket.
In the United States Bracket, Rhode Island Surf B2011 Elite Blue was dominating the competition until they came up against Sporting PA 2011 Boys Irmaos in the final. In a battle between two 3-0-0 teams, Sporting PA would be victorious and win the championship. In the Germany Bracket, Princeton FC Inter recorded back-to-back clean sheets on Sunday, including a 2-0 win over FC Copa B11 Black Flemington in the final. YMS 2011 Boys Fusion won the Japan Bracket, and Liverpool FCNJ 2011 Boys Red Burlington won the Tunisia Bracket.
In the Netherlands Bracket, it took a penalty kick shootout for STA-MUSC 2010G GA NAL to get into the final over NJ Premier G2010, where they would go on to defeat Eastern Soccer Academy L.I. Forza. In the Australia Bracket, Voorhees SA Storm 2010 defeated Riverfront United 2010 Girls Lyon in the final, and FC Berna Legacy 2010 Girls Gold defeated A-GAME 6-2 in the final of the Korea Republic Bracket.
In the Argentina Bracket, World Class FC 2010 ECNL and Rhode Island Surf B2010 Elite were the top two teams in the age group throughout the weekend, and would meet in the final. Rhode Island Surf was coming off a 3-1 win over Penn Fusion SA ECNL 2010, but was unable to keep the momentum going, and World Class showed its quality as it won the championship match. In the Spain Bracket, STA-MUSC 2010B ECRL won the final 3-1 over Valencia 10 Black. Match Fit Academy Ocean 2010 won the Colombia Bracket, and Jackson SC Tecnica Elite Soccer '10 Boys II won the Poland Bracket.
NJ Surf South Shore 2009 Girls kept three clean sheets in their four matches, including a 2-0 win over Jersey Shore Boca Jr FC O'Hara in the final to win the France Bracket. In the Belgium Bracket, STA MOSC 2009G NAL narrowly defeated Cherry Hill FC 2009 Premier Surge in the final.
In the France Bracket, BW Gottschee '09 II and World Class FC 2009 ECNL both entered the final 3-0-0, but World Class FC dominated to win the championship. STA MOSC 2009 EDP Boys defeated FC Copa B09 Black Rutgers in the final of the Uruguay Bracket, and Dover Futbol Club Milan won the Hungary Bracket.
In the Germany Bracket, Chili SA Elite G2008 Crush from New York West had four very close matches, finishing the group stages with scores of 2-1, 1-1 and 2-1. In the final, they had another extremely close match, but Match Fit Academy FC Girls Mercer 2008 Blue came away as champions, winning the rematch of the team’s first game.
In the Croatia Bracket, SJFC Cobras Elite 2008 and Chili SA B2008 Elite both went 2-0-1 in the group stages, and SJFC was able to use their high-scoring attack to win 3-0 in the final. In the Denmark Bracket, HVAA Sting 2008 defeated Patriot FC 2008 Boys Red 3-0 in the final after wins of 3-0, 5-0 and 4-2 in the group stage.
In the Netherland Bracket, Medford Strikers Academy Boys 2006 finished in first place, keeping a clean sheet in all four of their matches and scoring 14 goals. In the Iran Bracket, PA Rush 2006 Rush Boys defeated Unity Rush 2006 Boys in the final after both teams went 2-0-1 in the group stage.
In the Japan Bracket, PSA Princeton '07 was unbeaten and finished in first place, defeating LI Slammers Girls 2007 White and World Class FC 2008/07 Heim over the weekend.