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Washington Spirit Academy programs join 16U US Youth Soccer National League Atlantic Development Player EDP Conference

The Washington Spirit Academy programs in Virginia and Maryland will represent two of the eight founding U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy clubs to take part in the 16U US Youth Soccer National League Atlantic Development Player EDP Conference.

The league will provide players at the 16U level with a parallel competition platform alongside the Development Academy schedule, allowing more opportunities for players to develop within Girls’ DA clubs.

EDP Soccer Press Release

East Brunswick, NJ (May 9, 2018) – As a result of interest from several girls U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs within the East Conference, eight Girls DA clubs in the US Youth Soccer East Region have gotten together to form the 16U US Youth Soccer National League Atlantic Development Player EDP Conference. This conference gives these clubs a chance to participate in a competition with parallel scheduling to the DA that will culminate with a playoff and a chance to participate in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

The following U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs have committed to playing in this conference for 2018-19:

  • Arlington Soccer Association
  • Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth
  • FC Fury
  • FC Virginia
  • Oakwood Soccer Club
  • PA Classics
  • Washington Spirit Academy – Baltimore Armour
  • Washington Spirit Academy – Virginia

The 16U US Youth Soccer National League Atlantic Development Player EDP Conference will be part of the US Youth Soccer National Leagues program, which is launching nationwide in the 2018-19 soccer season. Teams in this conference will now have the opportunity to advance within the National Championship Series through league play, as well as through their local State Cups.

The 16U Girls team that wins the 2018-19 league season will advance to a playoff against other top tier champions of fellow National League EDP Conferences. The winner of this playoff will advance to participate in the Eastern Regional Championships and have the opportunity to win their way to the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships. Participating teams will also have the chance to advance to the Eastern Regional Championships via their local State Cup events.

In addition to Atlantic Development Player EDP Conference play, as an added value to participation in the conferences of the US Youth Soccer National Leagues program, participating teams/clubs will be invited to compete in a series of US Youth Soccer Showcase events that are to be scheduled in 2018-19 and beyond.

“The timing was perfect for our gap-year athletes,” Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth Girls Director of Coaching Charlie Naimo said of the Development Academy division. “Through the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conference, we will be able to provide our members exclusive competition with our partnering DA member clubs. On behalf of the DA leadership group that has come together to form this division, we are all very excited to shape this division into an incredibly competitive environment.”

“I am extremely excited and honored to have the Development Academy clubs participating within the US Youth Soccer National League Atlantic Development Player EDP Conference,” said Jen Marcella, EDP Executive Director. “This structure will provide the academy clubs the opportunity for their 16U age group to play in a very competitive environment.”

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 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.