EDP Soccer will return to the great outdoor this summer, especially in New Jersey.

On Thursday, the mega-league announced that soccer teams can begin practice on Monday, June 22 and start competing in matches on Monday, July 6.

The organization made the announcement in a letter from executive director of leagues Jen Marcella and executive director of facilities and tournaments Don Rawson to club administrators, coaches, team managers and supporters.

“We are very happy to support New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to allow soccer teams to begin practice June 22 and return to competition on July 6,” they stated in the letter.

“EDP Soccer has been diligently planning to Return to Play and has compiled guidelines that follow strict health and safety protocols to maximize the safety of all participants, spectators, and staff. We have developed protocols based on guidance from the CDC, State Health Departments, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and state soccer associations.”

For complete details, visit edpsoccer.com/return-to-play.

EDP Soccer’s leagues had been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the Governor’s approval to return to competition, EDP Soccer will offer youth summer leagues, Under-20/U-23 leagues and tournaments.

The organization announced that fall registration has opened.

A look at the summer tournaments and competition:

EDP Summer League

EDP Soccer will be conducting a Summer League mini-season program for New Jersey clubs/teams in the U-9/U-19 age groups. This will be a competitive platform to prepare teams for the 2020-2021 season.

League dates: July 11 – August 15
League fee: $300

Five-to-six -league games

Midweek games will be permitted

Localized travel: Brackets will be built based on geography to limit travel

Ages group will be mixed if needed

Roster flexibility: Players can be moved between rosters within a club

No substitution limitations

Registration link: https://events.gotsport.com/forms/app/Default.aspx?EventID=80090

Deadline to apply is June 29

Note: As other states in the East Region begin to allow league play, EDP will look to operate league programs in these states.

EDP U-20/U-23 Summer League

The league is aimed at players entering their collegiate playing careers, for returning collegiate players and recent college graduates still looking to play competitively.

League dates: July 7 – August 1

League fee: $800

Carding fee: $23 per player—The league is sanctioned by United States Adult Soccer Association (USSASA)

Six games guaranteed—One midweek and one weekend game per week

Men’s and women’s brackets

Geographical alignment

Referee fees split between teams

Registration link: https://events.gotsport.com/forms/app/Default.aspx?EventID=79345

Deadline to apply is June 29

EDP Tournaments

EDP Soccer will post the 2020 schedule and registration will open in the next day or two.