EDP Soccer will host the EDP Futsal First Responders Cup 2020 from March 21-22 at The Fields Sports Complex in East Brunswick, N.J.
The tournament is open to all state, federal and local police departments, fire departments and EMS, current or retired, as well as family members of fallen officers.
The competition will feature a 5 v 5 format of 20-minute futsal games with at least six matches for each participant team.
There are three divisions:
* Men’s Open
* Women’s Open
* 40+ Men’s
Proceeds from the EDP First Responders Cup and the weekend festivities surrounding the event will benefit the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association Survivor & Welfare Fund, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and survivor benefits to the families of PBA members.
“The NJSPBA is proud to partner with the EDP Soccer and to help enhance our public image through the sport of soccer, NJSPBA president Patrick Colligan said in a statement. “We are honored that EDP has created a Futsal event that is not only for our members to participate in but will benefit our members with the proceeds directed to the NJSPBA Survivor & Welfare Fund. The EDP First Responders Cup will bring police departments from across the state and the country together for a great cause.”
The tournament through the EDP Foundation, also will help to establish a $2,000 First Responders scholarship to benefit the son or daughter of a current or retired first responder, who is graduating high school, is an active soccer player and is planning to pursue a higher education.
Jim Oman, a retired US Secret Service Uniformed Division Police Sergeant and current EDP Regional Manager, is the organizer of the EDP First Responders Cup.
Formerly named the Stop the Violence Futsal Tournament and held in the Washington D.C. area, the EDP First Responders Cup was created to raise funds for community soccer and Police related programs, and ultimately, to help curb violence through social efforts.
Retired Lieutenant Ronald Mejia, a competitor in the upcoming First Responders Cup was looking forward to the competition.
“The NYPD soccer team is excited and honored to participate in the first-ever EDP First Responders Cup,” he said. “Jim, the organizer of this event, has an excellent reputation for hosting well planned and competitive tournaments, where members of the law enforcement community can participate in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere.”
Added East Brunswick New Jersey Police Department Chief Frank LoSacco, who is helping host the First Responders Cup: “The East Brunswick Police Department is honored to host police officers and other first responders from across the state and country in our township, during the first-ever EDP First Responders Cup. Being able to bring police officers together and to raise funds for a great cause is a win for everyone. We take great pride in our community and look forward to a fantastic police soccer tournament in our backyard.”