Development Academy FAQ

 What are the ages and teams for 2017-18?

U13 and U14 will be the first teams in our DA. The birth years we will focus on are 2004, 2005 and 2006.

 When will tryouts be held?

We will be holding try-outs in June for the age groups above with the announcement of roster formation in early July.

 How do we sign up for tryouts?

Go to MNUFC.COM and go to Academy on the navigation bar. Then click on Player Inquiries to submit a Prospect Questionnaire.

 Who are the coaches for the teams?

Tim Carter, our Academy Director, will lead the academy technical staff for the U13 and U14 age groups. We will announce additional staff members in the next 30-60 days.

 How is the DA integrated with the MNUFC First Team?

We integrate our first team technical staff in our DA by drawing upon their experience and knowledge. Specifically, our first team GK coach serves as the Head of GK for the DA while the first team Head of Fitness and Sport Science will oversees performance training.

 Where will the teams train?

The National Sports Center in Blaine is the official training facility for both Minnesota United’s first team and Development Academy teams.

 How often do teams train?

US Soccer requires that teams U13 and up train four times per week. Players will be expected to participate in all sessions.

 What time will teams train?

Both teams will train at the same time each day. Training will be scheduled to start late afternoon or early evening.

 How is the MNUFC Academy and MYSA ODP working together?

Players in ODP age groups that correspond to the DA ages will be scheduled to train and play against our DA teams on a regular basis. In addition, ODP players whose abilities merit it will be asked to train with our DA teams.

 How is the MNUFC Academy and Club DOC’s working together?

We will communicate with DOC’s about players within their clubs whose abilities demonstrate that they should be considered for our DA. This is an on-going process.

 Will a player be able to play both ODP and DA?

No, US Soccer scouts DA events for players and does not allow players who are registered as full time players to take part in the any ODP event.

 When is the DA season?

We begin in August with preseason as competition begins in September. Competition for the U13 and U14 age group ends in December and is followed by a winter-stop.

Following the winter-stop, we start again with a second pre-season period that leads into the second half of the competition. The year ends in June.

 How many players will you have per team?

We are permitted to register 20 full-time players for each team. We will only form teams to compete in US Soccer DA competition.

 Can a player join mid-season?

Yes. Players will be given the opportunity to tryout for our DA during the year.

 Is there a player cost to participate in the DA?

Yes, there is an annual fee. MNUFC will provide 75-80% of the total cost per player. Player fees have been capped at 2k, however, we are committed to providing financial assistance to players whose abilities demonstrate they are top selections for our DA but whose families are unable to afford the fee.

 Do we have to pay additional for DA travel?

No, this is included within the total budget for the Academy and has already been calculated and in determining expenses.

 Are we required to buy uniforms?

No, MLS has a contract with adidas and training and game apparel is provided to each player as part of this MLS-adidas contract.

 Are there other events in the team’s programs because of the MLS?

Because of the MLS affiliation there are events at older age groups for MLS DA teams only. However, invitations from professional clubs for teams in younger age groups are common and will be considered for our DA teams.

 Will you add older DA teams?

Yes, we are phasing in teams and will add at minimum a U15 DA teams for the 2018-19 year. We are working closely with US Soccer on the phase in of additional teams.

 Do you have a residency program?

Currently, we do not have a residency program but we are working on setting up host family arrangements for players from outside of the area.