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What is Elite Player Development (EPD)?

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 our players’ needs.
 
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 / Sounders FC Elite Player Development program will develop male and female elite athletes 9-17 years old from all communities across our state.

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What are the benefits of the Elite Player Development program?

  • Access to the best avenues possible for development and education to meet their potential
  • Attendance at the Region IV Championships Event 
               - Showcase Washington State’s top tier of players at this event
               - Able to represent  state, region, or country in competition
  • Overall development as a player
               - Playing with top players in Washington
               - Playing against top players in Region IV
               - Coaching by nationally licensed coaches
               - Exposure to college coaches
               - Exposure to regional and national team coaches
  • Opportunity to make Regional Pool and National Pool lists

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What programs are included in the Elite Player Development program?

The programs that make up the EPD include:
  • ODP Selected Events
  • ODP Annual Programming
  • Annual State Pool Training Program
  • State pool training schedule for event preparation & development
  • Local & Regional Elite Events
  • Strategically selected events
  • Continued Professional Development of Staff
  • Consistent training and evaluation of our selected coaching staff

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How can players be selected for the Elite Player Development team?

There are a number of ways players can be selected for the Elite Player Development team. In coordination with the Regional Clubs, our Elite Player Development coaches will be taking recommendations from: 
 
  • Club Coaches
  • Opposing Club Coach
  • Club Technical Directors
  • Club Directors of Coaching
  • Regional Staff Coaches
  • National Staff Coaches
  • Regional Club Coaches
 
Players that are recommended will then be scouted during league play, practices, and events by our Elite Player Development coaching staff to build their team. Washington Youth Soccer will accept recommendations via the Elite Player Development Program Recommendation Form.
 
Please submit your recommendations to Cole Morgan at ColeM@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org 
Recommendations for 1997-2001 age groups are no longer being accepted
Recommendations for 2002-2003 age groups are no longer being accepted
 
***The Elite Player Development Program cannot accept recommendations from parents or private trainers

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In the past, tryouts were held for the Elite Player Development teams – why are there no longer tryouts?

Players have already  been identified by the Regional Clubs this season. Since they have already been identified, the coaches know the players, giving us a better idea of the talent within Washington Youth Soccer. With this being said, some positives within the new process are: 
 
  • Improved communication between the Elite Player Development program and Clubs, Coaches and Coaching Directors
  • More time for the Elite Player Development coaching staff to accurately evaluate players in a competitive environment 
  • Creation of the strongest teams possible 
  • Elite Player Development coaching staff will still be able to invite players out who were not recommended

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What is the duration of the Elite Player Development year?

The Elite Player Development Program for boys and girls age groups 1997-2001 will be from September through the Region IV Championships in early January. The Elite Player Development program is a supplemental team to a player’s club team.

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What age groups are included in the Elite Player Development program?

The Elite Player Development program is run on birth year (January 1st – December 31st); boys born from 1997-2003, and girls born from 1997-2003 are eligible to participate.

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What happens if my player is selected for the Elite Player Development Program?

  • If a player is selected for the Elite Player Development program, they have been identified for their age group’s training "pool" (a group of 25-40 players) which trains monthly. Prior to an event, each age group’s coaching staff selects an 18-player travel roster to participate in an event. 
  • Post-event for the 2002 and 2003 teams – all players resume pool training. 
 
***Please note: Players are never guaranteed a roster spot

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Where does the Olympic Development Program (ODP) fit into the Elite Player Development program?

In the past, ODP (Olympic Development Program) was the main piece of our elite player development system. With the new Elite Player Development program, ODP will be a part of the overarching umbrella system. Elite Player Development players will participate in ODP events based on their age group and abilities, but will also have the opportunity to participate in additional programming such as local and regional elite tournaments, and residential training programs.

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Can my child still play for his or her club team?

Absolutely, players are expected to honor their club commitments while they participate in the Elite Player Development program.

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What events will take place in the 2013-2014 Elite Player Development Season?

  • Boys and Girls 1997-2001 age groups will only partake in the Region IV Championships, January 9-12th in  Phoenix, AZ
  • Boys and Girls 2002-2003 age groups will only partake in two local events in May & June 2014

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What is the cost of participation?

Boys & Girls 1997-2001: 
  • Pool fee includes: practice sessions & training top
  • Region IV Championship fee includes: flight, accommodations, transportation 
 
Boys & Girls 2002-2003: 
  • Pool fee includes: practice sessions & training top
  • Two event fees: varies per event

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Where and when do the teams practice?

Pool and team training usually occur at:
 
Starfire Sports,
14800 Starfire Way
Tukwila, WA 98188

***Please note: This could be subject to change

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