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New Jersey Youth Soccer Launches Futsal State Cup

Event Available to U11/12-U16/17 Boys and Girls Teams

East Windsor, NJ (October 31, 2018) ― New Jersey Youth Soccer is proud to announce an expansion of its programming with the launch of the NJYS Futsal State Cup, which will officially kick-off in early 2019. Online registration for this exciting inaugural event will open in November.

"NJ Youth Soccer is thrilled to launch this tournament and offer additional programming for our membership," said Evelyn Gill, NJYS President. "We see the growing interest in futsal and we look forward to providing this new opportunity with top level competition."

The NJYS Futsal State Cup tournament format will be 5v5 futsal. Each team that enters will play at least three 30-minute games, with a semifinal and a final if a team advances to that stage. The girls' age groups will play their state championship event on Saturday, January 26, while the boys' state championship competition will be held on Saturday, February 2. Both the boys and girls events will be held at the state-of-the-art Sportika Sports complex at 150 Woodward Road in Manalapan Township, N.J.

The NJYS Futsal State Cup is created for teams in the U11/U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16/17 age groups. Winners can also look forward to taking part in US Futsal's prestigious Regional Championship event that will be held from February 15-19, 2019, at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The tournament will accept NJ Youth Soccer passes as well as US Futsal passes. For teams and players who are not registered with NJ Youth Soccer or US Futsal, you can get information about obtaining passes by contacting statecups@njyouthsoccer.com.

"We are delighted that NJ Youth Soccer is augmenting its programming with the Futsal State Cup," said Alex Para, U.S Futsal President and CEO. "We look forward to supporting their endeavors and growing this tournament in the years to come."

The NJYS Futsal State Cup will be managed by EDP Soccer, one of the leading league and tournament companies in the country. For questions about the event, please contact communications@njyouthsoccer.com.

About NJ Youth Soccer Association

New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 100,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old; 20,000+ coaches; and thousands of volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs. The New Jersey U.S. Youth Soccer ODP provides training and competitive programs for players of the highest caliber for the purpose of increasing the success of the U.S. National Teams.

About EDP
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men's and women's leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP's leagues and tournaments is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP's leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.

About U.S. Futsal
U.S. Futsal, a 501(c) 3 organization has been governing the sport of Futsal since introducing the sport into the United States in 1981. U.S Futsal become first affiliated with U.S. Soccer as a National Organization in 1988 and with United States Youth Soccer in 2016. It also sponsors futsal league play throughout the United State at the youth, adult and professional level. It governs and conducts competitions at the state, regional, national and international level. It also develops instructional Futsal Programs for coaches and referees, and runs its National Teams program for international competition.