What is EPD?
The Elite Player Development (EPD) program, presented by TEKK, is an umbrella program combining all of our current development curriculums as well as additional opportunities from our soccer community.
Comprised of nearly 430 extremely talented players, a highly qualified coaching staff and administrative team, the Elite Player Development program is designed as the training ground for Washington’s most elite youth soccer players. Our Elite Player Development coaching staff will strategically hand-select these elite youth soccer players and the best development opportunities possible to create a complete package that best suits overall soccer development.
Through the Elite Player Development program, we holistically develop players who will have the technical and tactical skills combined with the creativity to compete at the highest levels. The Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development program will develop male and female elite athletes 9-17 years old from all communities across our state.
What does it involve?
EPD is available for players aged U11-U16 for both boys and girls. Players will tryout through the EPD program, and will go through a number of tryouts competing aginst the best players in the state ranging from different leagues until the coaches select the training pool team. Once selected, players will train once a month at Starfire, Seattle Sounders home facility, in preperation to compete in Olympic Player Development tournaments ranging from Oregon, California and Arizona. Players will train within their age group until final tournament rosters are selected. Players who make tournament teams have the opportunity to play with the elite players of Washington and represent themselves in front of a number of different states and high level coaches.
NWU EPD Success
For the upcoming 2017-2018 season, Northwest United have had some huge success with the Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development Program. NWU has provided 25 players from our club to compete within the EPD programs. These players will train once a month with their respected age group and coaches, looking to be selected into their travel roster. They will then be competing in Oregon and Arizona as they take on other State EPD teams and some of the best ranked teams in the nation! Alongside the players, our Assistant Director Matt will be coaching the Boys 2006 age group for the second consectuive season as they prepare the team to compete in Oregon. A tournament they previously won all of their games playing teams from the Portland Timbers and North California!