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The Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development (EPD) program is wrapping up the 2014-2015 season with its last camp of the year at Starfire Sports this week. After a successful season which saw seven of 10 WA teams advance to the Region IV ODP Championships semifinals in Phoenix last January, including three finalists, the EPD program continues to grow and offer players development and identification opportunities with Region IV ODP teams, National Teams, and professional and collegiate scouts.
EPD teams bring together the top players from their respective clubs throughout the state for training and competition, and this past season EPD teams attended the Region IV ODP Championships, Portland Friendship Cup over Memorial Day Weekend, as well as training camps during June and July in which EPD players were treated to visits by Sounders FC players, including U.S. National Team star Clint Dempsey, S2 and Reign FC players and coaches, as well as Manchester United coaches and legends such as Bryan Robson, Denis Irwin and Quinton Fortune. Selected players were also invited to attend National Team and Region IV ODP identification camps.
Sounders FC star Clint Dempsey stops by the June EPD camp to hang out
As the EPD program continues to evolve in order to meet the development and identification needs of players throughout Washington State, an Eastern Washington EPD program is being implemented for 2015-2016.
EPD serves as an identification program for opportunities with U.S. Soccer National Teams and Regional Teams, and mimics the National Team system by bringing together the top players from club programs to train and compete. In the last two years more than 20 WA Youth Soccer EPD players have been called into U.S. Youth National Team camps. The EPD program seeks to create a world class learning and development environment that shares the values and vision of U.S. Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer, and Washington Youth Soccer.
Eastern Washington EPD will work in conjunction with WA Youth Soccer EPD. WA EPD is a member of the Region IV Olympic Development Program. As a member of the Olympic Development Program, players have access to regional events, regional camps, and regional teams. Many of the state, regional, and national events have college/regional/national/professional coaches either on staff and/or scouting.
To learn more about the program, visit the Elite Player Development page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.