skip navigation

Early Development League - GPS Massachusetts

The GPS Early Development League (EDL) Program caters for 1st/2nd grade players, providing professional coaching in a controlled, development focused environment. Coaches follow an age appropriate curriculum, designed by the GPS Technical Department, which provides players with the opportunity to learn the fundamental techniques of the game. The EDL program focuses on the enhancement of not only skill, but also confidence, as we provide a low pressure setting where players are encouraged to express themselves. 

Practices:             All EDL practices will follow the 'Play – Practice – Play' model. This exciting new format has been designed and developed by US Soccer to create a player- centered approach to coaching. The concept of play-practice-play is to allow young players to experience the game and game-like situations as much as possible. Practices will begin with a ‘play’ element, followed by ‘practice’ and then ending with more ‘play’. More information will follow in our first newsletter. 

GPS have also designed a proprietary player development plan, which specifies clear topics that coaches will focus on each week at practice. More information can be found here. 

Games:                 EDL teams will play in four separate festival style events through the course of the season (Fall and Spring). At each festival, teams will play 2 games which will be 30 minutes in length (3x10 minute periods). This format allows for our dedicated team of coaches to control the competitive environment to ensure it provides both a positive, as well as developmentally beneficial, setting for the players to enjoy the games. 

Each phase of our programming provides a progressive pathway onto the next. 

  • Fall (September-November): 4v4 Festival Games, No Goalkeeper, Small Goals. End of season Jamboree will introduce the 5v5 format, with Goalkeepers. This environment encourages improved ball skill development as players will get more touches on the ball. In turn, this helps improve confidence and a players comfort level in this game environment. 
  • Winter (January – March): Indoor futsal. One Winter Jamboree. ‘Futsal’ is an indoor form of soccer, using slightly smaller and weighted soccer balls. This will be played indoor on gym surfaces (players cannot wear cleats, but either sneakers or futsal shoes). The speed of the game is increased due to the change in surface, this helps players continue to focus on developing ball control and speed in decision making. 
  • Spring (April-June): 5v5 Festival Games, with a Goalkeeper throughout the entire season. Moving into the Spring season will see our players progress to 5v5 and introducing a goalkeeper. The goals will be bigger, and this now becomes a preparation for U9 soccer, where players will be playing 7v7.  

Players can sign up for the full year or for the fall, winter and spring season's individually at a cost of $300 per season or $900 for the year.

EDL League Rules

Winter Times and Locations


Start Date: 1/11/19
End Date: 2/22/19

Days: Fridays
Times: 6pm - 7pm
Location:  Belmont Day School


Start Date: 1/13/19
End Date: 2/24/19
Days: Sunday
Times: 1:30pm - 3pm
Location:  Gordon College


Start Date: 1/11/19
End Date: 3/1/19
Day: Fridays
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Location:  Union Point


Start Date: 1/7/19
End Date: 2/18/19
Day: Monday
Time: 5pm - 6pm 
Location:  Tyngsboro Sports Center (Indoor Field) 

Taunton 1

Start Date: 1/7/19
End Date: 2/18/19
Day: Mondays
Time: 4.30pm - 5:45pm 
Location:  Taunton Forekicks

Taunton 2

Start Date: 1/8/19
End Date: 2/19/19
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm 
Location:  Taunton Forekicks

Sudbury Boys

Start Date: 1/11/19
End Date: 2/12/19
Day: Fridays
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm 
Location:  Sudbury Fieldhouse

Sudbury Girls

Start Date: 1/11/19
End Date: 2/12/19
Day: Fridays
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm 
Location:  Sudbury Fieldhouse

Southboro Boys

Start Date: 1/10/19
End Date: 2/21/19
Day: Thursdays
Time: 6.30pm - 7:30pm 
Location:  St. Marks School

Southboro Girls

Start Date: 1/12/19
End Date: 2/23/19
Day: Saturdays
Time: 8.30am - 9:30am 
Location:  St. Marks School