EDP Soccer announced Tuesday that it had acquired New York Club Soccer.

This combination of expertise and resources has created a youth soccer management group with expanded capabilities to serve the youth soccer community.

EDP Soccer manages leagues, tournaments, and showcases throughout the East Region from New England to Florida, while NYCS has extensive experience in the tri-state region. EDP Soccer also manages the US Youth Soccer National League Conferences and related regional showcases in the East Region.

EDP Soccer CEO and founder Steve Shilling welcomed Gary Grossman, Founder and CEO of NYCS, into the EDP Soccer senior management team.

“EDP Soccer continues to strive to be the best place to play soccer,” Shilling said in a statement. “Clubs develop players, and EDP Soccer’s mission is to support clubs and their players by providing appropriate levels and formats of competitive play. To do this, EDP Soccer needs to be able to provide superior customer service to all clubs registering for the soccer activities we provide. Gary and his team at NYCS have a lengthy track record of success in working with clubs to satisfy their needs and the needs of their players. So, it is natural for EDP Soccer and NYCS to create a more comprehensive youth soccer management group.”

Grossman said the move will be beneficial to youth soccer.

“As I wrote near the start of the pandemic to the more than one thousand youth soccer teams that NYCS has historically served, it is imperative that we find ways in the youth soccer community to cooperate in order to provide clubs and their players opportunities to reach the level of play best suited to their abilities and to play against teams of a similar level be that recreational, competitive, or highly competitive while at the same time reducing the amount of travel involved,” Grossman said in a statement.

“Working with EDP Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer, and state level leagues like the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, NYCS has seen how such cooperation is not only possible but also beneficial. We are excited to join EDP Soccer to continue to develop programming that unifies the youth soccer community while allowing each club and each player to select the pathway that works best for them.”

EDP Soccer and NYCS immediately will begin operating as one entity, though both corporate identities will be visible during a transition period. The organizations serve more 5,500 teams in league action and over 5,500 teams in tournament and showcase play.