3Step Sports acquired EDP Soccer, reporting that the merger will make the company the “largest owner-operator of youth soccer leagues in the United States.”

EDP Soccer also owns International Sporting Events and New York Club Soccer. Terms were not disclosed.

The company also said the merger would enhance league and event management capabilities.

Founded in 1999, EDP Soccer annually provides over “130,000 youth soccer players ages five years through 22 the opportunity to play soccer at competitive levels in leagues and events, including tournaments, college showcases, and festivals.”

Spanning New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Ohio, Florida, and Eastern Canada, EDP Soccer also offers college recruiting and placement services to “70 percent of youth soccer players who will compete at the collegiate level.”

“We are excited to be joining 3Step Sports,” said Steve Shilling, founder and CEO of EDP Soccer. “Partnering with 3Step Soccer will enable EDP Soccer to increase cooperative initiatives with 3Step Soccer leagues, events and soccer clubs to better serve our players, families, coaches, teams, and clubs with superior league play, including complementary events.”

EDP Soccer joins the New England Club Soccer League, National Academy League and the Regional Academy League as a coalition of 3Step owned and operated youth soccer leagues. In its established leagues, EDP Soccer will continue serving youth players and their parents, teams, and clubs.

“We are fortunate for the opportunity to continue demonstrating 3Step’s commitment to youth soccer by adding EDP Soccer’s proven expertise and programs to the 3Step ecosystem,” said 3Step CEO, Tania King. “We are enthusiastic about welcoming the vibrant youth soccer community that EDP Soccer serves and look forward to further enhancing their stellar league and event experiences.”

Photo courtesy EDP Soccer