Why Join EDA

Why EDA is One of the Fastest Growing Soccer Clubs in Orange County

Facilities and fields are essentially the same for all clubs across California. And the competition is excellent — We play in the Southern California Developmental Soccer League. When making a decision on what club to select for your child we ask you to compare us to any soccer club in California in these three categories:

Technical Director

Creation and implementation of a soccer club training program and curriculum is done by the Technical Director. Elite Development Academy has the most experienced and most educated Technical Director (Dennis Lukens) in California holding the highest coaching licenses in the world. Dennis Lukens is the only Technical Director in CA to have been Head Coach of professional soccer team in Europe and the United States. The only Technical Director in CA to coach in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament. The only Technical Director in CA to have a UEFA and USSF Coaching License as well as a Masters Degree (US) in Physical Education. Coach Lukens is one of a few Technical Directors in CA to have previously served as Coaching Director for a State Association (Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association).


Elite Development Academy has Coaches and Regional Technical Directors that are equal or superior to all Calif. club coaching staffs. EDA has brought in elite coaches from around the world with high level playing backgrounds to train your children. Go to any other California club’s website and compare our coaching staff to theirs and you will find our staff is one of the leaders in the state of California.


Elite Development Academy Coaching Director, Dennis Lukens, has helped develop and provide high-level playing opportunities to 12 players who went onto the MLS, two female players that went onto WUSA professional soccer, and nine players who played for the United States National Team. Compare this record of successful player development with any Director of Coaching in California and you will find few if any soccer clubs with a similar track record.

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