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Elite Player Development Program Brings Washington’s Top Young Players Together
Congratulations to players selected to the 2011-12 EPD State Pool!
At the professional level, few teams in the United States have had more success than Seattle Sounders FC, who recently captured their third-straight U.S. Open Cup title and will soon enter the MLS Cup Playoffs with one of the league’s best overall records.
On the youth level, few state soccer associations boast the overall numbers and quality of Washington Youth Soccer, where over 120,000 players compete year-round in recreational leagues, select leagues and the Regional Club League.
That made it a natural fit in 2009 when the state’s premier professional team and its largest youth soccer association joined forces to train the elite players in the state through Washington Youth Soccer’s Elite Player Development (EPD) program.
The Elite Player Development program offers the top developmental and identification opportunities for the most elite of Washington Youth Soccer's 120,000+ players. Through the EPD program, boys born between 1997-2000, and girls both between 1995-2000 are given the opportunity to compete in Regional and National competitions against other state associations in front of college and U.S. Soccer scouts.
Over the course of its first two years, the Washington Youth Soccer/Sounders FC EPD Program has been highly successful. The program’s 1995 Boys team has captured each of the last two Region IV ODP titles, while nearly half of all of Washington’s EPD teams have advanced at least to semi-final action at Regionals through the program’s first two years.
Players are identified and selected for the EPD state pools through EPD open tryouts. This year, over 1,000 players attended the three available sessions of open tryouts, vying for highly-sought-after EPD State Pool spots. Congratulations to the Girls 1997 and 2000 players listed below on their selection to the 2011-12 EPD State Pool! Other age groups will be announced on WashingtonYouthSoccer.org over the course of the next month.