Eight Girls DA clubs form 16U Atlantic EDP Conference
East Brunswick, NJ (Via EDP Soccer) –Eight U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy 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.”