March 30, 2016
EDP Plans U20 and U23 Open Cups
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey-based EDP announced today that it will be working hand-in-hand with the United States Adult Soccer Association to expand its EDP Open Cup to U20 and U23 men's and women's teams across the nation including an additional open-age division for women.
EDP was recently granted provisional approval to run national leagues by the USASA, and is behind the formation of United Women’s Soccer, a new national league with divisions on both the east and west coasts.
"The new national EDP Open Cup will offer challenging competition for a playing pool made up of primarily college and amateur players," said EDP President Steve Shilling.
"This newly expanded competition represents a fantastic opportunity for U20/23 teams to participate in a unique event that will bring together some of the most exciting talent in the nation."
EDP is taking applications from U20/U23 men's as well as U20/U23 and open age women's teams around the country. The EDP Open Cup registration
The inaugural competition format will be single elimination with four regionally-allocated brackets of four teams representing the East and West with one champion representing the East and West respectively. While there will no national championship game in 2016, in 2017 the EDP Open Cup will include a national championship game in which the East Champions meet the West Champions with a portion of registration fees going toward a travel fund.
Specifically, the 2016 EDP Open Cup format will be:
A maximum of 16 teams east of the Mississippi and 16 teams west of the Mississippi teams in the first year. All games will be single elimination.
Group Games: Brackets will be comprised of four teams, based primarily based on least travel distance.
Advanced Play: There are four brackets of four teams. The brackets will be grouped geographically to limit travel.